Photo of MRT 2 train bound for Santolan station.
MRT 2 train bound for Santolan station

Manila’s MRT Line 2, otherwise known as the “Megatren”, debuted in April 2003, under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It was called Megatren because of its wide-bodied trainsets. This is in comparison to Manila’s two narrower train lines, Line 1 and Line 3. MRT 2 started operations using magnetic cards as part of its Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS). This first generation of magnetic cards was issued with the Line’s “Megatren” monicker.

Megatren MRT 2 Logo
Megatren MRT 2 Logo

Megatren Train Ticket Variants

The Megatren series came in three kinds:

  1. yellow card – stored value ticket (SVT), sold at PHP 100
  2. purple card – single journey, with value depending on chosen destination keyed in from ticket vending machines (TVM)
  3. green card – discounted stored value ticket, which is the same as SVT but with 20% discount (PHP 80) for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD)

The obverse (front) and reverse (back) portions of each of these Generation 1 cards are available from my Megatren Flickr album.

Megatren Gallery

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