Rail sector promotes use of bicycles, installs free-to-use racks at train stations

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020   •   335

MANILA, Philippines — Community quarantine restrictions have limited the mode of transport in the country especially in Metro Manila.

For this reason, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through its rail sector, has started installing bicycle racks at LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and Philippine National Railway (PNR) stations to promote the use of bicycles. 

Aside from convenience, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade supports the benefit of bicycle rides to commuters and the environment. 

“I fully support the establishment of the bike lanes as this active transport mode promotes a healthy lifestyle and clean environment. We will make this protected to ensure the safety of our cyclists,” Tugade stressed.

For safety and order, cyclists are reminded of the following rules:

  • Bike racks may be used free of charge.
  • Cyclists should bring their own personal padlocks.
  • Bicycle racks may be used from 5:00AM to 8:00PM only. 
    • LRT-2 – Parked bicycles beyond 8:00PM may still be claimed until the close of operations at 10:00PM.
    • PNR – Claiming of bikes is within operating hours.
  • No personal belongings such as bags or carry-ons should be left with the bicycle while parked at the rack.

Bicycle racks already in operation may be found in the following stations:

LRT-1 line

  • Central
  • Libertad Stations
  • EDSA Taft 

LRT-2 line

  • Legarda station 

MRT-3 line

  • North Avenue
  • Quezon Avenue
  • GMA Kamuning

The DOTr said cyclists are allowed to bring their folded bicycles inside the train car with a fare from origin to destination equivalent to one person, and subject to disinfection.

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Presyo ng face shield sa merkado, dumoble dahil sa taas ng demand

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Dumoble ang presyo ng face shield sa ilang pamilihan sa Divisoria at Baclaran kasunod ng pagtaas ng demand para rito.

Ayon sa ilang mamimili, nagulat sila sa biglang pagtaas ng presyo ng face shield sa maikling panahon lamang.

Mula sa P23 bawat piraso noon lamang Sabado, umakyat umano ang presyo nito sa P40 hanggang P65.

Sinasabing tumaas ang demand sa face shield matapos i-anunsyo ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na oobligahin na simula sa August 15 ang pagsusuot ng face shield para sa mga sasakay ng pampublikong sasakyan.

Batay ito sa inilabas na administrative order ng DOTr na may layuning mapigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Sa taas ng demand, pahirapan na rin umano ang pagkuha ng supply nito ngayon ayon sa ilang tindahan.

Ayon sa face shield vendor na si Rudy Iglesias, dati ay pasampu-sampu o singkwenta lang ang nabebenta niya pero ngayon ay libu-libo na ang hinahanap sa kanila ng mga mamimili kaya nahihirapan na silang kumuha ng supply.

“Sa ngayon mahirap po. mahirap po talaga. Sa dami pong naghahanap mula nung inano ng ating presidente na kailangang gumamit tayo ng ganito,” ani Iglesias. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

LRT-1 Roosevelt Station to temporarily close for Common Station construction

Robie de Guzman   •   August 6, 2020

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.

MRT-3 reschedules weekend suspension of operations

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Thursday said it has rescheduled its weekend suspension of operations for rail replacement works.

In an advisory, the management of the MRT-3 said it moved the schedule to October to November “Upon the recommendation of maintenance provider Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.”

The MRT-3 rail replacement works was originally set for August to September.

The maintenance provider, meanwhile, assured that the new schedule will not affect the target date of completion for the rail replacement works and increase of train speed.

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