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 Train Ticket Variants
The Megatren series came in three kinds:
- yellow card – stored value ticket (SVT), sold at PHP 100
- purple card – single journey, with value depending on chosen destination keyed in from ticket vending machines (TVM)
- 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.