Three closed LRT-2 stations reopen January 22

Marje Pelayo   •   January 22, 2021   •   343

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.

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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Metro railways to operate at limited capacity starting April 5

UNTV News   •   April 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s major railways will scale-down their operations starting Monday, April 5, as train personnel continue to undergo testing for COVID-19, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Sunday.

“We should not compromise the health, safety, and security of the traveling public and our working people. That is a non-negotiable position,” DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said.

MRT-3, LRT-1, and LRT-2 will resume operations at limited capacity tomorrow, April 5, while the Philippine National Railways (PNR) is set to resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021.

MRT-3 will deploy 10 to 12 trains. Affected passengers will be assisted and served by augmenting buses running on the EDSA Carousel route.

Meanwhile, LRT-2 line will be deploying five (5) trains on its limited operations, and displaced passengers will be accommodated by existing bus routes 9 and 10.

For LRT-1, 17 trains will be deployed, and affected passengers will be accommodated by buses running on Route 17 (Monumento-EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue).

PNR will resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021, and will be deploying 10-12 trains.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has directed to ensure the isolation/quarantine of the following personnel:

  1. Those who tested positive
  2. Those who are still awaiting test results
  3. Those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases
  4. Employees exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19

With the resumption of railway operations, the DOTr and its Railways Sector assures the public that it will strictly observe the health and safety protocols, measures, and initiatives, to protect the overall welfare of the riding public and personnel, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Biyahe ng mga tren ng MRT-3 suspendido na simula ngayong araw

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Muling nagpaalala sa publiko ang pamunuan ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) na wala nang biyahe ang kanilang mga tren simula ngayong Martes, Marso 30.

Una nang inanunsiyo ng MRT-3 management na pansamantalang ititigil ang kanilang operasyon mula Marso 30 hanggang Abril 4 upang bigyang-daan ang taunang maintenance at rehabilitation activities sa linya ng tren.

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Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Sunday, March 28, 2021

Kabilang sa mga aktibidad na gagawin sa linya ang pagpapalit ng mga railway turnouts o switches, pagkakabit ng mga bagong point machine, pagpapalit ng ACU Filters, at paglalagay ng CCTVs.

Kailangan ding palitan ang insulation sleeves ng Overhead Catenary System (OCS) at pagpipintura sa OCS corroded equipment, at iba pa.

Ang pagkukumpuni ay gagawin ng maintenance provider ng MRT-3 na Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.

Nakatakadang magbalik-operasyon ang MRT-3 sa Lunes, ika-5 ng Abril 2021.

Ang Light Rail Transit line 1 at 2, pati na rin ang Philippine National Railways ay una nang nag-anunsiyo ng temporary suspension ng kanilang mga biyahe para bigyang-daan ang maintenance ng mga tren ngayong Lenten week.

Samantala, bilang ayuda sa Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) na pinahihintulutang makabiyahe ngayong naka-enhanced community quarantine ang NCR Plus, sinabi ng MRT-3 na tuloy rin ang paglulunsad ng EDSA Bus Carousel Augmentation kasabay ng shutdown.

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