How to avail the DOTr student free ride

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2019   •   9342

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: Passengers inside an MRT coach on a rush hour ride

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) began the implementation of the Student free Ride Program on Monday (July 1).

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees — DOTr

According to LRTA, students would need to avail their Student Free Ride ID/Pass by applying online. After applying online, students will receive an email on when to claim their ID. They may claim their ID at any nearest LRT station.

While the Student Free Ride ID/Pass is being processed students need to follow these steps to avail the free ride.

  • Show your school ID to the station teller at the Student Free Ride designated station.
  • Claim the Student Free Ride Ticket (SFRT).
  • Show your school ID and SFRT to the security guard at the service/staff gate.
  • Before leaving the station, students have to show their school ID to the security guard at the service/staff gate and surrender their SFRT at the designated drop box.

For lost SFRT, there will be a penalty of P30.00.—AAC

‘Grab Tawid’ for LRT-2 passengers launched

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2019

MANILA,Philippines — Grab Philippines has launched ‘Grab Tawid’  project to help passengers affected by the limited operations of Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2).

Grab Philippines President Brian Cua said the project aims at providing passengers of LRT-2 options to reach their destination while three of the stations remain non-operational.

LRT-2’s Anonas, Katipunan and Santolan stations remain closed after a power rectifier tripped and caused fire halting major train operations.

Under the Grab Tawid project, 40 units of 6-seater vehicles will ferry passengers from Masinag to Araneta Center in Cubao on a fixed rate of P20 from 6:00AM to 8:00AM.

The project kicked off on Tuesday (October 15).

LRT-2 to possibly add trips, revert to usual operating hours soon

Maris Federez   •   October 10, 2019

The Light Rail Transit Authority is mulling over making additional train trips in LRT-2 line.

From the five trains currently making trips from Cubao to Recto, the LRT-2 is thinking of adding one more train in its operation.

The LRT-2 is also planning to revert to its usual operating hours.

At present, the LRT-2 starts its operation at 6:00 in the morning to give way to longer maintenance of its trains, tracks, signaling system and power supply.

“Kumbaga pina-familiarize muna yung sarili namin, kapag gamay na namin then we will look into one, magdagdag ng isa pang tren and then magbukas na tayo ng mas maaga which is 5am,” said LRTA Spokesperson Atty. Hernando Cabrera.

Atty. Cabrera earlier said that they need to limit the trains in operation to prevent encountering problems in its power supply that might result in another glitch in the system.

Meanwhile, Atty. Cabrera explained that while there is no problem in LRT-2 Anonas Station, it’s operation remains suspended as there is still no power supply from the depot in Santolan Station.

“Ang problema natin sa Anonas sa ngayon, ginagamit natin yan na paradahan at tsaka emergency area just in case may masira na tren. Kasi nga kapag may nasirang tren while nag-ooperate tayo di pwedeng nakabara lang dun sa linya titigil ang buong operasyon nun,” Cabrera added.

The LRTA earlier showed to the media the picture of the burnt power rectifier that supplies electricity to the lines of LRT-2.

Atty. Cabrera clarified that three rectifiers got burned and not just two.

In the emergency meeting of the House Committee on Transportation on Wednesday (October 9), the LRTA admitted that the power rectifiers were hit by lightning which caused its explosion.  

Meanwhile, LRTA said that contrary to earlier reports, the LRT-2 full operations may take place sooner than the projected 9-month period.

“Lilinawin ko yung 9 months kasi ang basis noon if bibili tayo ng buong component. But with this current situation ngayon na nabuksan na natin, makikita natin ngayon kung pwedeng huwag na tayong bumili ng buo kundi magrerepair tayo component by component na lang. Mas malaki yung chances mas mabilis hindi na aabutin definitely ng 9 months,” Cabrera said. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Challenge accepted: Panelo to commute to Malacañang on Friday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salavador Panelo

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has accepted the challenge to commute to Malacañang on Friday (October 11).

Panelo previously rejected the dare presented by Anakbayan on Tuesday (October 8) after the former refuted there is a “mass transport crisis” in Metro Manila.

But Panelo then accepted the challenge on Wednesday (October 9) and said he will commute from his home to Malacañang on Friday.

“The challenge to commute is accepted. This coming Friday I’ll take the jeepney and the LRT (Light Rail Transit) in going to work,” Panelo said in a text message.

Anakbayan also challenged Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Manila Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) Celine Pialago to “commute to work every day for a week to experience the hellish reality of our everyday commute”.—AAC

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