Wednesday| June 7, 2017
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) today announced that passengers of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT Line 1) will soon experience enhanced services with the adoption of a new timetable.
“The 20-kilometer railway system from Baclaran in Paranaque to Roosevelt in Quezon City is set to implement a new timetable to increase the number of weekday trips, extend operating hours and shorten waiting periods for its clients,” says DOTr Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez.
The new weekday schedule is expected to increase the number of trips of LRT Line 1 from the current 512 to 554 daily trips, which is equivalent to an 8% increase. However, the existing schedule for weekends and holidays will still be in effect.
The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), concessionaire of LRT Line 1, will start morning operations from Baclaran to Roosevelt station at 4:30 a.m., as opposed to the existing schedule of 5:00 a.m. For the evening operations, the last trip northbound, from Baclaran to Roosevelt, will be extended up to 10:00 p.m., while the last trip southbound will leave the Roosevelt station at 10:15 p.m.
LRT-1 will likewise increase its speed limit for the LRT-1 north extension (Monumento to Roosevelt stations) from 40 kph to 60 kph.
“Passengers will experience shorter waiting periods once the change is put in effect,” Usec. Chavez said.
Since it took over, the LRMC has restored middle cars for the LRT Generation 1 trains from 77 light rail vehicles (LRVs) to 103 LRVs. It further disclosed that the rail line has reached an average daily ridership of 443,000 for the first quarter of 2017, or a 6% year-on-year increase.
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