LRT-1 lifts ban on bottled water, other liquids

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2019   •   2125

MANILA, Philippines – Passengers of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) are now allowed to bring bottled water and other liquids onto train stations and coaches after the management lifted the ban on Tuesday.

The LRT-1 announced on its Twitter account that the ban on liquids will be removed beginning April 2.

“Sa lahat po ng aming mga  minamahal na pasahero, epektibo mula ngayong ikalawa ng Abril 2019, lifted na ang pagbabawal sa anumang inumin o likido sa loob ng #LRT1,” the announcement read.

LRT-1 along with other train systems in Metro Manila, implemented the ban on liquid items starting Jan. 31, 2019 as a safety measure following bombing incidents in Mindanao.

READ: Authorities ban bottled drinks on MRT, LRT trains

READ: MRT-3 lifts ban, sets new rule on liquid items

LRT-2 and MRT-3 lifted the policy in February, but the latter imposed a new rule, requiring passengers to test the liquid items by drinking the water, spraying perfume or using the lotion or alcohol in front of MRT Security Personnel. – Robie de Guzman

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

LRT-1 operating hours extended for holiday season

Robie de Guzman   •   October 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The service hours of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) will be extended in observance of the holiday season, its operator announced on Thursday.

In a statement, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said the operating hours of the LRT-1 will be extended from October 25 to December 31, 2019.

The LRMC said that during weekdays, the last trip leaving Baclaran station will be at 10 p.m. while the last train from Roosevelt station will depart at 10:15 p.m.

On weekends, the last train is scheduled to depart from Baclaran station at 9:30 p.m., and Roosevelt station at 9:45 p.m.

The holiday season is here!🎄🎊🎁 Make sure you’re guided by our train service schedule effective October 25, 2019 until…

Posted by Light Rail Manila Corporation on Thursday, 24 October 2019

“We are extending the LRT-1 operating hours to accommodate the influx of passengers during the holiday rush. We continue to listen and find ways on how to better serve the needs of our customers,” LRMC Chief Operating Officer Enrico Benipayo said in a statement.

There will be no changes in the first trip for both northbound and southbound trips of LRT-1 which start at 4:30 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

On December 24, the LRT-1’s operating schedule will be from 4:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On December 31, the line will operate from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LRT-1 will also be open to ferry passengers on December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020.

The LRMC advised the riding public to be guided accordingly on the changes in schedule and plan ahead during this period.

Palace: No mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2019

In response to the statement of militant group, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Malacañang on Tuesday (October 8) denied there is a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, there is no transportation crisis because commuters are still arriving to their destinations.

“Ano bang ibig sabihin nila ng transportation crisis? Ang nakikita ko lang traffic, may transportation naman,” he said.

(What do you mean transportation crisis? What I see is traffic, but there is still transportation.)

Panelo also advises commuters to just leave the house early to avoid getting late.

“May solusyon naman doon (There is a solution there). If you want to arrive early at your destination, then you go there earlier,” he added.

However, he acknowledges there is a need for improvement in the rail transport system.

“Ang solusyon doon (The solution there is), there should be improvement in the LRT. Why it’s bogging down. Ibig sabihin, maintenance ang ating problema (the maintenance is the problem). We’re not maintaining it properly,” according to Panelo.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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