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LRT-1 releases safety guidelines for post-lockdown operations

May 09, 2020 - 1:37 PM

The Light Rail Manila Corporation releases guidelines for the resumption of operations during the coronavirus pandemic

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. The area in front of the ticket booth is marked to guide passengers to observe physical distancing. Photo from LRMC

Sandiganbayan affirms acquittal of ex-LRT execs in janitor contracts case

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman is scolded for not being able to provide evidence of alleged overpayment to the LRT maintenance contractor

House probe into alleged ‘lopsided’ LRT concession agreement sought

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:44 PM

ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap files the resolution just 3 days after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would check the LRT contract, which involves the Ayalas and business tycoon Manny Pangilinan

DUTERTE VS AYALAS, MVP. A lawmaker wants a House probe into the government's concession agreement with the Light Rail Manila Corporation. File photo from LRMC

Toronto's old streetcars, a symbol of city, leave the rails

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Toronto is one of the rare major cities in North America, along with San Francisco, to have maintained major tramway networks

Two streetcars, an old model (L) and a newer one, pass each other in Toronto, Canada, December 7, 2019. - The last of the historic and iconic old trams of the Canadian metropolis will be replaced by newer, sleeker and more spacious cars by the end of the calendar year. Streetcars have been part of the Toronto landscape since the 19th century and continue to be a main mode of public transportation in this city. (Photo by OLIVIER MONNIER / AFP)

Going to LRT1's Roosevelt? Temporary scheme set for Q1 2020

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Light Rail Transit Line 1 will have a temporary passenger traffic scheme from January 4 to March 31, 2020. Here are details.

LRT1 now comes with a mobile app called 'ikotMNL'

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The app displays train schedules and crowd sizes per LRT1 station

IKOTMNL. The new mobile app provides real-time information on each LRT1 station.

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

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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

Ayala, Metro Pacific slammed for LRT1 extension, FTI construction delays

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Cavite 7th District Representative Boying Remulla says the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange would have been 'viable' if not for these construction delays

HOLD CONCESSIONAIRES ACCOUNTABLE. Cavite Representative Boying Remulla talks about commuters' problems during a Senate hearing on August 13, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Free LRT1 rides for women with disabilities on Monday, March 26

Mar 24, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This is in celebration of Women with Disabilities Day observed on the last Monday of March

Light Rail Manila Corporation on May 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

Metro Pacific net income rises by 15% in 2017

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The increase to P13.2 billion in 2017, from P11.5 billion in 2016, is largely due to Meralco and Global Business Power

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

Free train rides on LRT-1 on New Year's Day

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) The MRT3, meanwhile, will offer free rides on Rizal Day, December 30

FREE RIDES. You can ride the LRT1 for free during peak hours of January 1, 2018.

LRT1 ticket machines to accept new P5 coins by March 2018

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:04 PM

While machines are not yet ready, the public should double check their P5 coins to avoid inconveniences during the holiday rush

NEW COINS. LRT1 ticket machines to accept new P5 coins by March 2018. Photo by 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.

Pangilinan-Ayala group poised to bag MRT3 original proponent status

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Other private groups will be able to submit competing offers under a Swiss challenge, while the original proponent, the Pangilinan-Ayala group, would be given the right to match them

HURDLES. Once the Pangilinan-Ayala group is given the original proponent status and hurdled the Swiss challenge, it expects to take over the operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of MRT3 by early 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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

Free rides during peak hours on all LRT, MRT lines for Independence Day

Jun 09, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Commuters will have free rides on Monday June 12 in all 20 stations of LRT 1 from Baclaran in Parañaque City to Roosevelt in Quezon City from 7 9 am and from 5 7 pm

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.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 7, 2017

Feb 07, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

LOOK: The newly-renovated LRT1 Doroteo Jose Station

Feb 06, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Light Rail Manila s directive is to rehabilitate the 20 stations and train cars of LRT1 in 18 months and extend the line from Baclaran to Bacoor Cavite

PREPS FOR THE FUTURE. Light Rail Manila, operator of LRT1, launches its newly renovated Doroteo Jose Station in Sta. Cruz, Manila. All photos from Light Rail Manila Consortium

LRT1 operator to start Cavite extension in late February

Feb 06, 2017 - 4:05 PM

LRMC the operator of LRT1 takes on French companies Bouygues Travaux Publics and Alstom Transport Private Limited to help build the LRT1 Cavite extension

RENOVATION, EXTENSION. On Monday, February 6, 2017, LRMC launched the newly renovated Doroteo Jose station in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Photo by Light Rail Manila Consortium