LRT-1 Roosevelt Station to temporarily close for Common Station construction
Robie de Guzman • August 6, 2020 • 980
MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Thursday announced the temporary closure of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) Roosevelt Station to give way to the government’s construction of the Common Station project.
In an advisory, the LRMC said the LRT-1 Roosevelt Station will be closed beginning September 5 until December 28, 2020.
The Common Station, also known as the Unified Grand Central Station, is a project that will connect the systems of LRT-1, Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), and MRT-7.
It is one of the big-ticket projects of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to enable passengers to seamlessly transfer from one rail line to another.
During the station’s closure, the last stop of LRT-1 will be Balintawak station northbound.
The LRMC said it previously planned to provide a Roosevelt shuttle train for passengers but it will no longer be pursued due to existing circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
It added that is coordinating with the DOTr and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for the Bus Augmentation Project to support commuters from the Roosevelt area.
“The rest of our stations from Baclaran to Balintawak will be operational and we will continue to serve our LRT-1 passengers. We assure the public that this will only be temporary and the construction of the Common Station, in the long run, will give passengers a more comfortable and reliable commuting experience,” LRMC Chief Operating Officer Enrico Benipayo said.
The public is advised to monitor the agency’s official social media accounts for passenger advisories, any change in schedule, and plan trips ahead during this period.
In an advisory on Tuesday (December 22), the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said its stations will open on a regular schedule but will close earlier on the said days both declared as special non-working holidays under Proclamation No. 845.
The LRMC said trains will run from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. both bounds on December 24 while schedule will be from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. both bounds December 31.
Meanwhile, regular operating hours will be implemented on December 25 and January 1 and on weekends with the first train to dispatch from 4:30 a.m. (Balintawak station) and the last train leaves at 9:45 p.m.
Likewise, the first train from Baclaran leaves at 4:30 a.m. and the last train leaves at 9:30 p.m.
This is 30 minutes earlier than the regular weekday schedule when the last train at Baclaran station leaves at 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm from Balintawak station.
Meanwhile, the train operator said Roosevelt Station will remain temporarily closed “until further notice” as construction of the government’s Common Station or the Unified Grand Central Station is ongoing.
The said common station will connect the LRT-1, MRT-3, and MRT-7.
MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).
This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday announced that the operations of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), both lines 1 and 2 of Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Philippine National Railways (PNR) are suspended due to the effects of Typhoon Ulysses.
In an advisory, the DOTr said the railway operations will remain suspended “until further notice.”
“We will advise resumption of railway operations once all systems checks are done and cleared,” it added.
Managers of rail lines also reiterated the announcement on their respective social media accounts and advised commuters to continue monitoring their pages for updates.
Ulysses battered Metro Manila and parts of Luzon and Visayas, bringing howling winds and torrential rains that caused widespread flooding and landslide in many areas.
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