Monday, July 18, 2016

LRT-1 Gets a Trial Run on Extended Hours

07.18.2016 – The Light Rail Transit or more commonly known as the LRT or the LRT-1 is the oldest elevated train ever built in the 1980s. It’s still the most convenient way to travel around Metro Manila from Baclaran Terminal 1 to EDSA Terminal 2.

There has been good news for those who frequently take the LRT on a regular basis as their mode of transportation side from the Buses and the commonly used Jeepneys. LRMC has released an announcement for those commuters who are taking the LRT.

To serve late night commuters, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) conducts a trial run of extended operating hours for Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT 1) from July 10 until August 9.

“If the test run will show an interest from the public, then we would be pleased to do a more detailed study to make it permanent,” LRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Jesus Francisco said.

For the duration of the month-long dry run, LRT 1 service hours will be extended for one hour, with northbound trains leaving Baclaran Terminal at 9:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and southbound trains leaving Roosevelt Terminal at 10:10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

On weekends and holidays, northbound trains will leave Baclaran Terminal at 9:10 p.m., 9:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. while southbound trains will leave Roosevelt Terminal at 9:40 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.

LRT Line 1 currently has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City.

LRMC took over operation and maintenance of LRT Line 1 in September 2015. It will also be responsible for the construction of the 11.7-kilometer extension from the present end point at Baclaran to the Niog area in Bacoor, Cavite. The extended rail line is expected to help increase the capacity of LRT 1 from 500,000 to 800,000 passengers daily and benefit more than four million residents in the southern part of Metro Manila and of Cavite.

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