LRT-1 to shorten service hours on Dec. 24 and 31

Marje Pelayo   •   December 23, 2020   •   352

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) announced that it will shorten its service hours on December 24 and December 31.

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.

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Three closed LRT-2 stations reopen January 22

Marje Pelayo   •   January 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —Train services from Santolan terminal of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) stations in Pasig to Recto terminal station in Manila are back on track beginning Friday (January 22).

LRTA Administrator Gen. Reynaldo Berroya said that all appropriate tests have been conducted to confirm the stability and reliability of the provisional power supply for the reopening of Santolan, Anonas and Katipunan stations to passengers.

“We will resume whole line operations with limitations and restrictions while the full restoration,” he said.

“Repairs of the fire-damaged Rectifier Substation (RSS) Nos. 5 and 6, signaling and telecommunications are simultaneously being undertaken,” he added.

He appealed to passengers to allot additional hours in their travel as the headway – or the time before another train arrives at the station – will take an average of 14 minutes since a speed restriction of 30 kilometers per hour (kph) needs to be implemented as the train approaches Anonas station.

With the speed restriction, travel time from Santolan to Recto stations will take more than 35 minutes compared to 28 minutes when the system is in normal and good condition.

The LRTA assured to fast-track restoration and repair works so that LRT-2 can resume normal operations.

Train services in the said three stations were halted after a power rectifier caught fire in October 2019. While being repaired, another fire broke out at the power supply room in Santolan station in October 2020 which further delayed the repair process.

The LRTA also reminds passengers to adhere to all the safety protocols being implemented inside stations and trains to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This means the mandatory wearing of face mask and face shield, thermal scanning, regulated entry of passengers, physical distancing and the “No Talking policy” is strictly being implemented inside the stations and trains.

Passengers are reminded as well that LRT-2 continuously implements cashless transactions at all stations to reduce the further spread of COVID-19.

Also, Berroya hopes to restore down trains soon and add more to the fleet to accommodate more passengers.

“We are hoping to deploy more trains on LRT-2’s fleet so we are expediting the restoration of down trains. Fielding more trains will reduce the current headway and add more passengers to our current 32,000 average daily ridership as affected by the pandemic restrictions,” he added.

MRT-3, LRT limit operations until Jan. 1

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 31, 2020

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2 will limit their operating hours until January 1.

MRT-3 will only be able to accommodate passengers in North Avenue Station until 7:45 p.m. from Thursday (December 31). The last trip in Taft Avenue Station is at 8:25 p.m.

On January 1, the first trip will open at 6:30 a.m. in North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations while the last trip is scheduled at 9:30 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. in North and Taft Avenues, respectively.

For passengers at LRT-1, train operations will be until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday while the last trip at LRT-2 is at 7:30 p.m. AAC

DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

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.

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