LRT-2 extension inauguration moved to July 5

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2021   •   548

MANILA, Philippines — The inauguration of the Light Rail Transit-2 extension will be rescheduled to July 5 from the initial plan of June 22.

In an advisory, the LRT-2 management announced on Monday (June 21) that the opening will be postponed to complete the train’s signaling system.

“We regret to inform the riding public that the long-awaited opening of the 4-km LRT-2 East Extension Project was postponed for at least two weeks to give maximum time for the contractor to complete the signaling migration and integration works, and other preparatory activities,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said.

The LRT-2 management said the signaling system is vital in railway operations to ensure a safe and smooth train and traffic movement. This will include controlled speed, accurate platform position, safe distance between trains, automatic stop in cases of technical breakdown, and is designed in accordance with railway fail-safe principles.

The management also said that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has constrained ease of travel, restricting the arrival of foreign technical experts in signaling systems and some critical equipment necessary to conduct the integration activity.

“We cannot compromise and risk the safety of the passengers so we recommended the postponement of the operations to the Department of Transportation to which the DOTr concurred,” Berroya said.

With the inauguration ceremony set on July 5, the Marikina and Antipolo stations are set to open to passengers on July 6.

Meanwhile, LRT-2 full operations from Santolan to Recto and vice versa will resume on June 23, after being in limited operation from June 12 to 22. AAC

LRT-2 Antipolo, Marikina stations now open

Marje Pelayo   •   July 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters from the east part of Metro Manila may now enjoy the service of the newly-opened LRT-2 East Extension namely Antipolo and Marikina stations.

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte personally inaugurated the LRT-2 extension project on July 1.

Aside from being a vital transportation conduit, the new train extension project will delight commuters of scenic Antipolo tourism.

Next to Santolan Station towards the east is Marikina station located in front of Robinsons Metro East near Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue in Marikina City.

Meanwhile, the Antipolo station is situated in front of SM Masinag, adjacent to the Masinag junction near Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City, Rizal

Passengers get free ride for two weeks as LRT-2 extension opens on July 5

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Passengers will get a free ride for two weeks as LRT-2 extension opens on July 5.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade Jr. said the LRT-2 extension will accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers with daily ridership increasing from 240,000 passengers to 320,000 passengers.

The rail extension line also cuts the usual three-hour road travel time from Recto, Manila to Masinag, Antipolo to just 30-40 minutes.

During the beginning of operations on Monday (July 5), commuters will board a shuttle train that will take them from the line’s Antipolo Station or at the Marikina-Pasig Station to the Santolan Station and vice versa. From the Santolan Station, passengers will transfer to another train that will take them to the Recto Station. -AAC

Duterte says fare from LRT-2 Antipolo to Santolan Stations, vice versa will be free for 2 weeks

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2021

The fare from Antipolo to Santolan stations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 2 and vice versa will be free for two weeks.

This was announced by President Rodrigo Duterte during the inauguration of the LRT-2 East Extension Project on Thursday.

Duterte said the moratorium on the railway fare will be implemented after he made a request to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

“Binulungan ko si Art, sabi ko ‘Art pwede bang isa-dalawang linggong libreng pasakay para naman maligayahan ‘yung mga tao lalo na ‘yung mga estudyante? Can I ask for a moratorium sa bayad?’ Two weeks daw kaya niya,” he said.

The LRT-2 East Extension Project involves the construction of a four-kilometer extension of the existing LRT-2 System from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo City, Rizal.

The two additional stations – Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia mall and Robinsons) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag) – formally opened Thursday.

The opening of the new stations is expected to raise the LRT-2’s daily passenger capacity to 320,000 from the previous capacity of 240,000 passengers.

Travel time between Manila and Antipolo will also be reduced to only 40 minutes from the usual three hours via bus or jeepney.

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