3 LRT-2 stations to be closed in next 9 months; limited ops to resume next week

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2019   •   737

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Friday announced that limited trips may be implemented at the LRT-2 stations from Cubao to Recto and vice versa sometime next week.

This was due to the severe damage sustained by two of its rectifier substations after it tripped and caught fire on Thursday, Oct. 3.

LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroya said the degraded train operations will be implemented after the safety of equipment and facilities have been fully checked.

“Test runs and safety checks of all equipment and facilities such as signaling, communications, power, and trains should be completed before we can partially operate,” Berroya said in a statement.

However, operations in Santolan, Katipunan and Anonas stations will remain suspended at a maximum of nine months as “the replacement of the damaged rectified substations necessitates a highly-technical intervention.”

The LRTA said the process of procurement, delivery, and installation, as well as the testing and commissioning of its replacement, will require time to complete.

“With the operations from Santolan to Anonas still temporarily suspended, buses from the MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) and the Philippine Coast Guard are being deployed to ferry the affected passengers during peak hours,” the agency said.

It is also coordinating with the Department of Transportation and other concerned agencies to allow buses and UV express services to ply an out-of-line route at the stations were operations are temporarily halted.

LRT-2 operations have been suspended since Thursday, forcing thousands of its passengers to find alternative modes of transportation.

Damage in its rectifier substations is estimated to have reached P428 million, the LRTA said.

The possible cause of the incident is still being investigated, and engineers involved in the design and installation of the said facilities are set to fly into the country from the US to help in the probe.

The LRT-2 management has appealed anew for understanding and patience from the riding public affected by the incident.

“The LRTA will exhaust all efforts to fast track the repair and upgrade of the system as several modernization and rehabilitation projects are underway,” it added.

NCRPO at LRT2, nagsagawa ng simulation exercise para sa posibleng pagbabalik-operasyon sa Lunes

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagsagawa ng simulation exercise ang National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) at ang management ng Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) bilang paghahanda sa posibleng pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga tren kapag isinailalim na sa general community quarantine (GCQ).

Sa simulation na isinagawa noong Martes (Mayo 26) 400 police recruits ang nagkunwaring pasahero ng tren upang maipakita ang ipatutupad na social distancing measures mula sa pila hanggang sa pagsakay sa mga bagon.

Sa loob at labas ng istasyon ng tren, may makikitang mga dilaw na marka sa sahig na indikasyon para sa mga mga pasahero kung saan sila dapat tumayo kapag nakapila.

Sa loob ng tren ay may makikita ring mga marka para malaman ng mga pasahero kung saan lang sila maaaring umupo o tumayo.

Ayon kay Jimmy Chua, ang manager ng LRT-2 Security and Safety Division, 160 pasahero lamang ang maaaring isakay sa bawat biyahe ng tren alinsunod sa mga panuntunang inilabas ng pamahalaan.

Sa unang istasyon ng tren, 90 pasahero lang ang papayagang sumakay upang mabigyan pa ng pagkakataong makasakay ang iba pang pasaherong naghihintay sa kasunod na mga istasyon.

Batid ng LRT-2 management na malaki ang malulugi sa kanila pagdating sa koleksyon ng pasahe pero pagtitiyak ni Chua, hindi sila magtataas ng singil.

“Financially, malaki ang magiging loss namin, it’s a government-owned (facility) naman, government-operated, so naka-depende kami sa government para sa subsidy para sa tuluy-tuloy na pagserbisyuhan ang pasahero,” ani Chua.

Upang matiyak namang maipatutupad ng maayos ang physical distancing, nasa 12 hanggang 15 security guards ang idadagdag ng LRT-2 para magbantay sa loob at labas ng tren.

Sinabi rin ni NCRPO director Police Major General Debold Sinas na maglalagay sila ng shift ng apat hanggang 32 pulis bawat istasyon ng tren, depende sa dami ng mga pasahero.

“Habang hindi pa nasanay ang mga kababayan natin kung papaano sumakay, we have estimated already lahat lahat na ay around 500 for the different station lang depende sa request kasama ng istasyon ng PNR ay naghingi din ng minimum ng 2 to 4,” ani Sinas.

Maliban sa physical distancing, magpapatupad rin ang LRT-2 ng ‘no mask, no entry’ policy.

Hindi rin papapasukin ang mga pasaherong may temperaturang mas mataas pa sa 37.8 at nagpapakita ng sintomas ng coronavirus disease gaya ng ubo, sipon, lagnat at pananakit ng lalamunan.

Ang mga hakbang na ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga ulat na posibleng isailalim na sa GCQ ang Metro Manila at iba pang lugar na nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine sa Hunyo 1.

Sa ilalim ng GCQ, maaari nang payagan ang limitadong pagbabalik-operasyon ng ilang pampublikong transportasyon kabilang na ang tren pero kailangang nakasunod ang mga ito sa nakatalagang health at safety protocols upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Nakatakdang magpulong ngayong Miyerkules ang mga miyembro ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases para isapinal ang kanilang mga rekomendasyon na isusumite kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Female passengers to get free rides at LRT-2 on March 8

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) on Friday said women train passengers will get free rides on March 8, Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the LRT-2 said the offer is in celebration of International Women’s Day.

“Kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng International Women’s Day, may libreng sakay ang lahat ng kababaihang pasahero ng LRT-2 sa Marco 8, 2020!” it said.

The LRT-2 said women passengers can avail of free rides during the following peak hours – from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

LRT-2 shuts off air conditioning system due to volcanic ash

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transport (LRT) Line 2 management has temporarily shut down the train’s air conditioning system to prevent damage to the trains due to ash fall as a result of the recent eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

On its Twitter account, LRT-2 added that windows will remain closed to prevent the riding public from exposure to volcanic ash that is harmful to health due to its sulfur content.

Train service remains on normal operation at LRT2 as well as at LRT Line 1 and MRT-3.

Meanwhile, the number coding scheme has already been suspended on Monday.

This means vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are allowed to travel in Metro Manila streets throughout the day.

Also, all flights have already been cancelled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as early as Sunday (January 12).

Cancellations remain in effect “until further notice,” according to authorities.

READ: DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

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