LRT-2 normal operations may resume in 2 to 3 months — LRTA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019   •   1009

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is eyeing to restore LRT-2 normal operations within two to three months instead of the initial estimate of nine months.

LRTA Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera on Monday said they are looking at the possibility of conducting a component-by-component replacement instead of a full unit replacement to be able to bring down the repair time table to just a few months.

The LRTA earlier said operations in Santolan, Katipunan and Anonas stations will be suspended for a maximum of nine months as the replacement of the damaged rectifier substations “necessitates a highly-technical intervention.”

READ: 3 LRT-2 stations to be closed in next 9 months; limited ops to resume next week

“Nandiyan na ‘yung big possibility na ang gagawin natin is component-by-component yung ating replacement, kapag component level yung ating repair, restoration tsaka replacement mas iiksi yung timeline na nakikita natin,” Cabrera said.

The LRT-2 last week resumed partial operations between Recto and Cubao stations after power rectifiers between Anonas and Katipunan stations tripped and caught fire last Oct. 3.

Based on LRTA’s monitoring, LRT-2’s limited operations after the fire broke out have cost nearly 50 percent of the railways total number of daily passengers.

From more than 240,000 daily passengers, the number of passengers it ferries along five cities in Metro Manila is now down to over 100,000.

On Monday, LRT-2 operations opened at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. with trains running at a speed of 40 to 60 kilometers per hour with a 10-minute interval.

However, it will only operate until 8:30 p.m. in Cubao station, while 9 p.m. in Recto station.   

“Ang nangyari dito kailangang gamayin nung ating mga personnel yung ating mga train operator yung nasa control center, so lahat dito kailangan natin istabilized,” Cabrera said.

“So, nung nagamay na nila for one week yung abnormal situation then yung after safety personnel nakapag issue na ng clearance sige pwede niyo ng agahan ng konti yung ating biyahe,” Cabrera said.

The LRT-2 has also resumed its free rides for students from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The LRTA said it is eyeing to add another train to the current five sets deployed in the line. – RRD (With details from correspondent Joan Nano)

LRT-2 to shorten operating hours starting April 17

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will temporarily shorten its operating hours due to the increasing number of LRT-2 frontline personnel infected with COVID-19, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said.

In an advisory, the LRTA said the shortened operating hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be implemented starting Saturday, April 17 until April 30.

“Consistent with the guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), our Management opted to shorten the operating hours so as to help us prevent the further spread of the virus and avoid the possible paralysis of our operations in case the numbers continue to surge,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said.

Out of 1,944 total LRT-2 employees, 1,906 have been tested from April 7 to 8. Of this number, 273 individuals were found positive for coronavirus.

The LRTA said that only 56% are currently functioning among ticket management and sales collection personnel, and about 73% among train drivers. Some 68% of the station personnel are left available with the rest under quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or exposure.

“We have already isolated all the infected/exposed personnel, have implemented work-from-home arrangements for depot workers, revisited train ventilation and air-flow protocols, and ensured that all minimum public health standards are complied with at all times to avoid the further spread of the virus,” Berroya said.

He said that the reduced operating hours will allow the LRTA to still effectively manage LRT-2 operations considering the manpower deficit and allow COVID-19 afflicted employees to recover and complete their mandatory quarantine/isolation period.

The LRTA also noted that under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) being implemented until April 30, LRT-2 is expected to experience a significant decline in ridership.

“At this time of public health emergency, the welfare and safety of both our passengers and personnel must always come first,” Berroya said.

The LRTA appealed to passengers to strictly observe all the COVID-19 protocols, stressing that “the road to beat the virus is a two-way street.”

Passengers are also reminded to always wear face masks and face shields, to be self-aware and socially disciplined, and to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety measures in place.

Meanwhile, buses are plying Route 9 (Antipolo to Cubao) and Route 10 (Cubao to Doroteo Jose) to augment LRT-2 operations and to help accommodate affected passengers.

The normal LRT-2 operating schedule will resume on May 1, 2021, the LRTA said

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LRT-2 eyes deployment of additional trains by April

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is looking to have more operational trains at the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) by next month or just in time for the opening of the LRT-2 East Extension project.

“We are fast-tracking the restoration of the three trainsets to augment the existing operational trains of Line 2 and to reduce the current 14-minute headway to nine minutes,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The Department of Transportation earlier announced that two additional stations of the LRT-2 East Extension project – Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia mall and Robinsons) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag) – will start operations on April 27.

The two new stations will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back, with travel time expected to be cut down to just around 40 minutes.

Last March 5, Berroya conducted a random inspection of the ongoing installation of train propulsion system and train monitoring system on three trainsets at LRT-2 Depot Maintenance Area.

LRT-2 maintenance provider AMSCO JV (joint venture of APT Global Inc., MultiScan Corporation, and Opus Land, Inc.) and manufacturer Woojin Industrial Systems Co, Ltd started the installation of the said systems last March 3, 2021.

Berroya said that fielding more trains will result in the accommodation of more than 20,000 passengers daily in addition to the current average daily ridership of 40,000.

“As train occupancy of passengers is regulated during this time of pandemic with passenger safety as our top priority, deploying additional trains will certainly help us cut the travel time of our commuters,” he said

“With the commitment provided by our maintenance provider, manufacturer, and the LRTA, we expect to have eight trainsets and ten trainsets by 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter of 2021, respectively,” he added.

Berroya also stressed that other down trains are set to be rehabilitated and new trainsets are planned to be procured for the LRT-2 East and West Extension Projects.

LRT-2 temporarily suspends ops after fire incident at Santolan station

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) on Thursday announced it has temporarily suspended operations following a fire incident at the Santolan station.

In an advisory, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said a UPS or Uninterrupted Power Supply at the station caught fire on Thursday morning.

“LRT-2 has temporarily suspended operations following a fire incident at Santolan this morning caused by burnt UPS,” the LRTA said.

“Investigation and intervention ongoing,” it added.

Initial report said the fire incident took place around 5 a.m. and lasted for less than an hour.

“Operations will immediately resume after verifying that no other system (equipment) has been affected,” it said.

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