LRT-2 commercial ops suspended from March 31 to April 4

Robie de Guzman   •   March 22, 2021   •   779

MANILA, Philippines – The commercial operations of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will be halted from March 31 to April 4, the rail management announced on Monday.

In an advisory, the LRT-2 said train operations will be temporarily suspended to give way to maintenance works scheduled during the long holiday.

Based on the schedule it released, the LRT-2 will operate normal hours on March 29 starting 5 a.m. with the last commercial train leaving Santolan Station at 8:30 p.m., and Recto Station at 9 p.m.

LRTA’s 2021 Holy Week Maintenance Schedule

Posted by Light Rail Transit Authority – LRT2 on Monday, March 22, 2021

On March 30, the LRT-2 will shorten its operation hours starting at 5 a.m. with the last commercial train (Recto-Santolan; Santolan-Recto) at 8 p.m.

Normal LRT-2 operating hours will resume on April 5, Monday.

MRT-3, LRT-2 to offer free rides on Dec. 30, Rizal Day

Maris Federez   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) and the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) are offering free rides to passengers on Thursday (December 30), Rizal Day.

This is in commemoration of the 125th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal.

“Ang libreng sakay ay bilang pakikiisa ng pamunuan ng MRT-3 sa paggunita at pag-alala ng buong bansa sa kabayanihan ni Gat Jose Rizal,” said a Facebook post from the MRT-3 management.

For MRT-3, free rides will be available from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

For LRT-2, free rides are from 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning.

The MRT-3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 managements, meanwhile, remind the public of the adjustments on train operations on December 31 and January 1 to give way for the New Year revelry.

MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR extend free rides for vaccinated APORs as NCR reverts to MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that authorized persons outside residence (APORs) or those known as essential workers may still enjoy free train rides at MRT-3, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) as the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila is extended until September 15.

However, the managements of MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR remind APORs, that only those vaccinated may avail of the free rides, regardless if it is only their first dose or they are already fully vaccinated.

The schedule of free train rides for vaccinated APORs is as follows:

MRT-3
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

LRT-2
5:00 AM to 7:00 AM
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Philippine National Railways (PNR)
4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
7:00 PM onwards

To avail of the free ride, APORs must present their respective vaccination cards and valid IDs to the assigned security personnel at the station as proof.

Other credentials that may be presented include Certificate of Employment (COE); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID; or company ID.

The DOTr reminds the public that only APORs are allowed to use the MRT-3 under MECQ.

Trains are operating at 30% passenger capacity which is equivalent to 124 passengers per train or a total of 372 persons per train set.

Passengers are reminded to observe the strict health protocols inside trains and train stations specifically the ‘7 Commandments’ against COVID-19:

1) Always wear a face mask and face shield;
2) No talking policy is applied at all times;
3) No eating;
4) Maintain proper ventilation in all public transportation;
5) Disinfect regularly;
6) Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to board;
7) Always observe appropriate physical distancing.

Full-line operation of LRT-2 East Extension stations begin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— The LRT-2 East Extension on Tuesday (September 7) officially started its full-line train operations.

Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said that passengers  from the new east extension in Marikina and Antipolo need not transfer at Santolan station to complete their journey.

Previously, a shuttle train is provided for passengers to travel from Antipolo to Santolan and vice-versa.

Berroya also reported that previously,  five trainsets were running on the Santolan to Recto and vice-versa route with 14 to 16 minutes average headway, or interval between trains, while the shuttle from Antipolo to Santolan resulted in 18 to 20 minutes average trip time.

With the full-line operation, the LRTA official announced there are now eight trainsets resulting in 10 minutes headway.

“I am truly happy that the integration and migration tests were already completed and finally, passengers will not have to transfer at Santolan to complete their journeys,” he said.

Meanwhile, the free ride for Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) will only last until Tuesday as Metro Manila will shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting Wednesday (September 8).

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