3 LRT-2 stations to be closed in next 9 months; limited ops to resume next week
Robie de Guzman • October 4, 2019 • 972
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.
MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is looking to have more operational trains at the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) by next month or just in time for the opening of the LRT-2 East Extension project.
“We are fast-tracking the restoration of the three trainsets to augment the existing operational trains of Line 2 and to reduce the current 14-minute headway to nine minutes,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said in a statement issued on Thursday.
The Department of Transportation earlier announced that two additional stations of the LRT-2 East Extension project – Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia mall and Robinsons) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag) – will start operations on April 27.
The two new stations will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back, with travel time expected to be cut down to just around 40 minutes.
Last March 5, Berroya conducted a random inspection of the ongoing installation of train propulsion system and train monitoring system on three trainsets at LRT-2 Depot Maintenance Area.
LRT-2 maintenance provider AMSCO JV (joint venture of APT Global Inc., MultiScan Corporation, and Opus Land, Inc.) and manufacturer Woojin Industrial Systems Co, Ltd started the installation of the said systems last March 3, 2021.
Berroya said that fielding more trains will result in the accommodation of more than 20,000 passengers daily in addition to the current average daily ridership of 40,000.
“As train occupancy of passengers is regulated during this time of pandemic with passenger safety as our top priority, deploying additional trains will certainly help us cut the travel time of our commuters,” he said
“With the commitment provided by our maintenance provider, manufacturer, and the LRTA, we expect to have eight trainsets and ten trainsets by 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter of 2021, respectively,” he added.
Berroya also stressed that other down trains are set to be rehabilitated and new trainsets are planned to be procured for the LRT-2 East and West Extension Projects.
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