LRT2 to resume partial operations on October 8

Loreben Tuquero
LRT2 to resume partial operations on October 8
(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Line 2 can resume partial operations since safety checks and test runs are completed

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT2) will resume partial operations from Cubao to Recto on Tuesday, October 8.

Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) spokesperson Hernando Cabrera confirmed that all safety checks and test runs, which were used as basis for suspending operations until Monday, October 7, have now been completed.

According to Cabrera, the first train will run at 6 am, with the last train from Cubao running at 8:30 pm, and the last train from Recto running at 9 pm.

The LRTA said commercial operations need to start late and close early to allow for maintenance works.

“We appeal to our passengers to allot an additional hour for their journeys since speed restrictions and a limited number of trains will be fielded to ensure passenger safety and the sufficiency of the power supply coming from the remaining rectifier substations,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said.

Though partial operations will resume, Cabrera told Rappler that additional public utility vehicles (PUVs) which had been plying the affected route during the suspension would still be provided.

These include point-to-point buses deployed to Masinag, Emerald, and Santolan stations going to and from Legarda; 40 modernized PUVs that will ferry passengers from Santolan to Legarda; and a bus service loop available at Santolan, Katipunan, Anonas, and Cubao.

These will operate from 5:30 am to 9 pm daily, with a flat rate of P15 from Santolan to Cubao and P25 from Masinag to Legarda.

Buses deployed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard will also be continuing their free rides.

Cabrera said that while power supply has been fully restored at the Cubao Station, it has yet to be restored at the Anonas Station.

The LRT2 operations were halted after a fire damaged two rectifier substations in Katipunan and Anonas last Thursday, October 3.

Operations from Santolan to Anonas are suspended for 9 months while repairs are ongoing–

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Loreben Tuquero

Loreben Tuquero is a researcher-writer for Rappler. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, she covered transportation, Quezon City, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reporter. She graduated with a communication degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.