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.
MANILA, Philippines – The operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) has resumed after it was momentarily halted due to the magnitude 6.3-earthquake that struck off Calatagan, Batangas at around 7:34 a.m. Friday and felt in Metro Manila.
In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said the railway operations resumed at 8:32 a.m. but at a slower speed of 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 60kph at the mainline after checking of tracks.
“Checking of buildings and facilities is ongoing,” the MRT-3 said.
The railway management was forced to suspend train operations for minutes earlier and advised train drivers to stop at the nearest station for precautionary measures.
Meanwhile, the management of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) said operations resumed around 11 a.m. after it was temporarily suspended due to the quake.
The temblor was also felt in nearby provinces, including Bulacan, Bataan, and Laguna.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of focus of 109 kilometers.
The following intensities were recorded several areas:
Intensity IV – Lemery, and Malvar, Batangas; San Pedro, Laguna; City of Manila; Marikina City; Quezon City; Cainta and Antipolo City, Rizal; Pasig City
Intensity III – Caloocan City; Tanay, Rizal; San Jose Del Monte City, and Plaridel, Bulacan; Gapan City, Nueva Ecija; Cabangan and Iba, Zambales; Samal,
Bataan; Valenzuela City; Malabon City
Intensity II – San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Alaminos City, Pangasinan
Instrumental Intensities were also recorded:
Intensity IV – Bacoor City; Tagaytay City; Carmona, Cavite; Plaridel, Calumpit, San Ildefonso, San Rafael, and Malolos, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Las Pinas City
Intensity III – Talisay, Batangas; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Dagupan City; Quezon City; Pasig City; Muntinlupa City; Marikina City; Cabanatuan City
Intensity II – Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; Lucban, Quezon; Baler, Aurora; Palayan City
Intensity I – San Jose, Nueva Ecija; Gumaca, Lopez and Lucena City, Quezon
Phivolcs said there is no reported significant damage from the quake but it is expecting aftershocks.
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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