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LRT2 suspends free morning rides for students

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:56 PM

'Schedule of free rides in the morning will resume once the full operation of the LRT2 system is restored,' the Light Rail Transit Line 2 announces

FREE RIDES. LRT2 has limited its free rides for students starting October 8, 2019. File photo by Sky Author/Wikimedia

After a week, BFP allows LRTA to probe fire damage

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority has yet to determine the replacement parts needed to be purchased

CLEARED. The Light Rail Transit Authority has been given clearance by the Bureau of Fire Protection to assess the damage incurred by the rectifiers, after getting criticism from the House committee on transportation. File photo by Sky Author/Wikimedia

LIVE: House hearing on LRT2 Santolan station incident

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

LRT2 to resume partial operations on October 8

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Line 2 can resume partial operations since safety checks and test runs are completed

PARTIAL OPERATIONS. After suspending operations for 5 days, the LRT2 will resume partial operations on Tuesday, October 8. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LRT2 operations remain suspended on October 7

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Safety checks for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 are not yet done

STILL ON HOLD. Commuters will be braving the Monday traffic without the option of taking the LRT2, since partial operations will not resume on October 7. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

LRT2 stops operations from Santolan to Anonas for 'maximum of 9 months'

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Authority says the needed repairs on the damaged substations require 'a highly technical intervention'

NINE MONTHS. Commuters coming from Santolan to Anonas will need to use an alternate mode of transportation aside from the LRT2 in the next nine months. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Still no LRT2 operations on October 4

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Because of 'several technical and safety concerns,' the Light Rail Transit Authority says there will still be no LRT2 train service .

OPERATIONS STOPPED. The LRT2 will not be resuming operations until after Friday, October 4, due to several technical and safety concerns. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Free LRT 2, MRT, PNR rides for students starting July 1

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Students need only to show their school IDs to get free rides during specific hours on weekdays, except holidays

FREE RIDES. Students up to college level may now enjoy free rides at railways and free terminal fees at airports and seaports. MRT photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, LRT photo by Sky Author/Wikepedia, PNR by Jose Del/Rappler, NAIA by Jay Directo/AFP

LRT2 resumes operations after collision injured 34

May 19, 2019 - 9:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Light Rail Transit Line 2 is investigating the unprecedented train collision

COLLISION. Two LRT2 trains collide between the Cubao and Anonas station in Quezon City on May 18, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LRT2 trains collide between Cubao, Anonas stations

May 18, 2019 - 11:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Authority says it is investigating the collision

File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MRT, LRT, PNR suspend operations after Luzon earthquake

Apr 22, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) All passengers are evacuated from train stations as operations are halted due to the earthquake on Monday, April 22

A major thoroughfare in the Manila on September 8, 2014, is clogged with traffic as an overhead train passes by in the centre lane. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Benigno Aquino, has approved the “Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas.” The study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) cited strategies to reduce traffic congestion. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

Lopsided contract? COA pressures DOTr to justify P65 billion LRT-1 deal

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The Commission on Audit demands the documents from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), which passes the buck to the Department of Transportation (DOTr)

LRT1. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade leada the groundbreaking ceremony of the LRT1 Cavite Extension on May 4, 2017. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

COA flags procurement lapses in LRT-1 Cavite extension housing segment

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The P397-million housing project for informal settlers who will be affected by the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project was awarded without first conducting a feasibility study, says the Commission on Audit

CAVITE EXTENSION. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is a P64.9 billion deal for private firm Light Rail Manila Corporation. Photo from the PPP Center

Free train, P2P rides on Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The PNR, MRT3, and LRT Lines 1 and 2 will give free rides on Independence Day during select times. Certain P2P bus routes will also be free.

LRT2 operator targets better air-conditioning by June

May 29, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority says it will go for a quicker solution first, pending the replacement of the air-conditioning units by 2019

POOR AIRCON? LRT2 procures local parts to re-engineer the railway trains' air conditioning units. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LRT1 operator eyes P5 to P7-fare hike

May 22, 2018 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) If approved, the fare hike will be rolled out by August 2018, says LRT1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation

HIKE. Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) CEO Juan Alfonso says the Light Rail Transit Line 1 operator has filed a fare hike petition last March. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MRT, LRT ticketing machines now accept new peso coins

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Commuters can already use the newly designed P1, P5, and P10 coins at ticket vending machines of the MRT3, LRT1, and LRT2

NEW COINS. The ticketing vending machine at MRT3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 now accepts the newly-issued BSP coins. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

NAIA Consortium wants to link airport to Metro Manila Subway, LRT1

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Part of the consortium's proposal is a transit system or 'people mover' that would connect the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to the planned Metro Manila Subway and existing Light Rail Transit Line 1

PEOPLE MOVER. A Philippine consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports, which would provide technical support in master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

Alternating road closures along Marcos Highway due to LRT2 construction

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Private contractor DMCI Holdings, Incorporated will begin on Sunday, February 25, its construction of the coping beam at the LRT2 Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension to start mid-2018

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:50 PM

LRT1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation also says there will be no fare hike surprises as the train system is upgraded and expanded

EXTENSION. Light Rail Manila took over the operations, maintenance, and extension of LRT1 in September 2015, after bagging the P64.9-billion ($1.36-billion) LRT1 Cavite Extension deal. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Harry Roque's MRT3 experience: 'Not that bad'

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:40 PM

During the presidential spokesman's train ride covered by media, one passenger is overheard wondering, 'Bakit pa kailangan dito magpa-presscon?'

President Spokeperson Harry Roque on Thursday during his ride at the MRT-3 to experience the daily commuters sentiment on the over crowded MRT-3.Photo by DARREN LANGIT

LOOK: Commuters endure long lines at LRT2

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The Light Rail Transit Authority says long queues remain the norm during rush hour

MONDAY RUSH HOUR. Commuters endure long lines at the LRT 2 Santolan station on Monday morning, October 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of Isabelle Yu

PNP, LRTA bring free rides for cops, women's desks in stations

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Policemen are now entitled to free rides in any LRT-2 station as long as they are in complete uniform and present their identification cards

COOPERATION. PNP chief Dela Rosa signs a deal with LRTA head Rey Berroya. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Singson leaves Light Rail Manila, moves to Meralco

Sep 25, 2017 - 5:15 PM

A source privy to the matter says Primitivo Cal is set to replace Singson as the president and chief executive officer of Light Rail Manila

NEW MPIC APPOINTMENT. Rogelio Singson (R) says he will now be engaged in 'new business models like solar, renewable power generators, electric vehicles, and electric mass transport system.' In the photo are Singson and Metro Pacific boss Manuel Pangilinan (L). Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

After a decade, construction of MRT-LRT Common Station to begin in September

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The coveted project has seen 3 transportation secretaries come and go. Finally, the construction will start on September 29.

DBP open to unload MRT3 interests

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:15 PM

A new owner and operator for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 MRT3 is in the books of the Philippine government This is to give the railway proper upgrade and maintenance

COMMUTERS' ORDEAL. During rush hour, MRT3 passengers endure long lines and jampacked trains. Rappler file photo

Pangilinan-Ayala group eyes MRT3 takeover by early 2018

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The group hopes to operate maintain and rehabilitate the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 for 32 years Will its unsolicited proposal be approved?

NEW OPERATOR SOON? MRT3 is currently being maintained by Korean-Filipino firm Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI), while the system's rail replacement is being handled by the government. MRT Corporation owns the system. Photo from the Metrostar Express website

LRT1 operator offers compromise on pending fare hike

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Light Rail Manila Corporation suggests that the government subsidize the pending fare hike stipulated in the concession agreement

HIKE OR SUBSIDIZE? Stipulated in the concession agreement, the pending fare increase on LRT1, which should have taken effect on August 1, 2016, will push fees '5% higher' than they were in January 2015. File photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

LRT1 operator completes restoration, vows more daily rides soon

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Light Rail Manila Corporation will be able to increase trips to 554 from the current 498 daily

BETTER RIDES. The restoration of 25 LRVs has expanded the current fleet of LRT1 to 102 from 77 when the company took over the operations of the railway in 2015. Photo from Light Rail Manila Corporation

Coming in 2018: LRT2's Masinag and Emerald stations

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Set to be completed in August 2018 the two additional stations are designed to accommodate 80 000 more passengers daily during the first 5 years of operations

LRT1 operator's promise: 25-minute ride from Cavite to Makati by 2021

May 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Light Rail Transit Line 1 LRT1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation LRMC targets to finish the Cavite Extension project by 2021

LRT1 GOES TO CAVITE. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade asked Light Rail Manila to expedite the construction of the LRT1 Cavite Extension project and asked if they can finish it by 2020 instead of 2021. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

LRT, MRT, PNR schedules: Holy Week 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 9:25 AM

LRT 1 and 2 MRT 3 and PNR will undergo maintenance works from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

File LRT image from Shutterstock; MRT photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

Alvarez grills DOTr over ‘ambitious’ MRT-LRT common station

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:26 PM

A visibly peeved Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells DOTr officials they must pay for the penalties out of their own pockets should they fail to complete the common station by 2019

GRILLING DOTR. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez attends the hearing of the committee on transportation, which is chaired by Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senators convinced 'best' location achieved for MRT-LRT common station

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

But the Senate committee wants someone to be held liable for the P200 million naming rights contract of SM Prime which caused the almost 8 year delay of the project

PROBE INTO COMMON STATION. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Committee on Public Services on Monday, February 13, 2017, leads probe into the MRT-LRT Common Station deal. Senators JV Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian also attended the hearing. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo.

Commercial operations for MRT-LRT Common Station eyed in April 2019

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rarely seen together the country s top businessmen come to agree on the final location of the Metro Rail Transit MRT Light Rail Transit LRT Common Station project

ENDING DEADLOCK. The country's top honchos, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Ramon S. Ang, Hans Sy, and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, come together to sign a Memorandum of Agreement ending the squabble on the MRT-LRT Common Station deal, Wednesday, January 18, at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: Proposed design of MRT-LRT common station

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

It is a P2 8 billion 13 700 square meter project that will connect the LRT1 MRT3 and MRT7

Photo by DOTr

Berroya, an Arroyo general, is new LRTA administrator

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:18 PM

One of the favorite generals of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Reynaldo Berroya is back in harness

YOUNGEST TRAIN. LRT2 is the youngest of the three mass elevated railway lines in Metro Manila. File photo by Sky Author/Wikimedia

MRT-LRT common station to be done in 2.5 years – DOTr

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the signing of the compromise agreement on the common station is expected before 2016 ends

HAMPERING MASS TRANSIT. The stay order on the transfer of the site of the common station is barring the construction of the MRT7 and design work for the common station project that has been bundled with the LRT1 Cavite Extension project. SM North City EDSA and TriNoma photos from Ramon F. Velasquez

2016 Christmas schedules for LRT, MRT, PNR

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE Here s a list of operating hours of public train systems in December

Free LRT1 rides for senior citizens, PWDs this Christmas

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The free rides will be available on all weekends and holidays from December 3 2016 to January 8 2017 in all LRT1 stations

EXTENSION. The LRT1 has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. Screenshot from Rappler

A Brown, MTD Philippines team up for new PNR East-West Rail proposal

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Systra Philippines – a member of France based rail expert Systra Group – is providing technical assistance for A Brown s consortium

LRT-MRT CONNECTION. The East-West Rail Project was prepared by East-West Rail Transit Corporation, a group formed by A Brown and Private Equity Investment and Development Corporation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Alvarez: No improvement in traffic, trains after 100 days under Duterte

Oct 03, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Despite dismay over traffic Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez still praises President Rodrigo Duterte for his overall performance during his first 100 days in office

NOT ENOUGH? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is unhappy with how the Duterte administration is moving to address traffic so far. File photos by Rappler

Deal reached: LRT-MRT common station between SM North, TriNoma

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:55 PM

A memorandum of understanding is set to be signed on Wednesday September 28

HAMPERING MASS TRANSIT. The stay order on the transfer of the site of the common station is barring the construction of MRT7 and design work for the common station project that has been bundled with LRT1 Cavite Extension project. SM North City EDSA and TriNoma Mall photos from Ramon F. Velasquez

LRT1 fare hike delayed as gov't seeks 'win-win solution'

Aug 08, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The transportation department says it will try to further postpone the fare hike which was supposed to have taken effect August 1

'WIN-WIN.' Transportation Spokesperson Cherie Mercado says the department to talk with the LRT1 operator to come up with a win-win solution. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Trial run: LRT1 to extend operating hours for a month

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:05 PM

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 the chief of Light Rail Manila says

EXTENSION. LRT1 currently has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. Screenshot image from Rappler

VIRAL: 'Crazy' LRT ride

Mar 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED Viral videos show the ordeal of passengers as a doorless LRT1 train car moves from station to station LRT management apologizes to the passengers

LRT2 resumes operation after 3-hour disruption

Mar 08, 2016 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED The mass transit line was on limited operation on Tuesday morning March 8 stranding hundreds of passengers for about 3 hours

LRT6 PPP bidding postponed

Mar 04, 2016 - 7:01 PM

The postponement is due to the prospective bidders request for an extension the transportation department says

Engineers racing to fix LRT1

Feb 27, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Aiming to rehabilitate and upgrade the 20 stations of the dilapidated Light Rail Transit Line 1 in 18 months over 1 200 engineers and staff are preparing for the future

Elections bring uncertainty to LRT6 project

Feb 15, 2016 - 5:19 PM

San Miguel and Metro Pacific raise concerns on the timing of the project which is caught in the transition to a new government in June

DELAYS? Interested bidders for LRT6 raise concerns on the timeline of the bidding process as presidential elections in May nears