The Department of Transportation (DOTr) of the Philippines has reported that ridership on the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) line increased to more than 98 million passengers during 2022. This is a more than 50 per cent increase in ridership compared to 2021 (35.6 million). Additionally, average daily ridership increased by more than 100 per cent, with the MRT3 line recording daily footfall of 273,141 riders in 2022 compared to 127,276 in 2021.

The DOTr’s three-month-long Libreng Sakay Program as well as the MRT3’s rehabilitation project to improve operational efficiency are expected to a key contributor to this increase.

The MRT3 rehabilitation project commenced in 2019 and was overseen by Sumitomo Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The fleet size has been increased from 10 to 23 to expand the daily capacity from 200,000 to 600,000 passengers. The trains have also been upgraded to operate at a maximum speed of 60 km/hr from the earlier speed of 25–30 km/hr. The headway has been reduced from 9 minutes to 4 minutes.

The increase in ridership trend is expected to continue in 2023.