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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

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

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.

LOOK: Gov’t officials play Saint Valentine

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Commuters journalists fellow politicians get some lovin from these officials on February 14

DAY OF HEARTS. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez poses with female reporters covering the House of Representatives after giving them roses on February 14. Photo from Alvarez's office

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

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

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

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

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

Light Rail Manila signs P24B-loan for LRT1 Cavite extension

Feb 12, 2016 - 4:54 PM

French rail makers Bouygues Travaux Publics and Alstom Transport Private Limited will help the Light Rail Manila Consortium build the LRT1 Cavite extension

HOUNDED BY DELAYS. The group of Ayala and MPIC in 2014 bagged the P64.9-billion deal to extend LRT-1 from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite

Ombudsman charges LRT execs for P400-M maintenance deal

Feb 09, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Service providers who were supposed to deploy at least 793 workers and janitors tap only 209 for the LRT Line 1 s stations and depots

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Jan 13, 2016 - 1:12 PM

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LRT lines mismanaged while officials got millions in illegal incentives – COA

Jan 12, 2016 - 8:29 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority paid employees over P400M from 2007 to 2011 while it entered into questionable deals with contractors that did not deliver

MISMANAGED. COA says the Light Rail Transit Authority mismanaged LRT Lines 1 and 2 while receiving over P400 million in unauthorized allowances from 2007 to 2011. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

LIST: LRT, MRT, PNR schedules for Christmas 2015

Dec 23, 2015 - 12:57 PM

UPDATED Be guided as most transportation services will be operating on limited hours during the holidays

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE. LRT, MRT, and PNR services will operate on shortened schedules during the holidays.

After a year, LRT-MRT common station problem still unsolved

Nov 25, 2015 - 6:25 PM

A compromise agreement between all stakeholders has yet to be signed

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

Rehabilitation of LRT1 stations to start in December

Oct 21, 2015 - 7:51 PM

All LRT1 passenger stations will be improved to enhance accessibility safety and security of commuters the Light Rail Manila Consortium says

IMPROVEMENTS. Light Rail Manila Corporation will start rehabilitating Doroteo Jose station in December 2015. All photos from Light Rail Manila Corporation

DOTC to increase LRT1 capacity by 2018

Oct 16, 2015 - 1:54 PM

The transportation department invites Japanese companies to bid for the procurement of 120 new light rail vehicles for LRT1

JICA-BACKED. The bidding of the new light rail vehicles for LRT1 will be exclusive to Japanese-led companies

Limited operations: LRT2 power cable struck by lightning

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:36 PM

UPDATED Full operations will resume once the power system is restored says the LRTA

LIMITED OPERATION. LRT operations are limited from the Cubao to Santolan stations beginning early evening of September 5, 2015. File photo by Sky Author/ Wikipedia

DOTC to start dry run of LRT2 Masinag extension traffic plan

Aug 28, 2015 - 6:57 PM

The proposed traffic management plan of the transportation department is seen to ease expected heavy traffic in Marikina Cainta and Antipolo due to the LRT2 extension project

TRAFFIC CONGESTION. Once construction is in full swing, the 3.9-kilometer stretch will reduce lanes for traffic to four from 5. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

MPIC, Ayala promise uninterrupted LRT1 operations

Aug 26, 2015 - 11:09 AM

The group led by Metro Pacific Investment Corporation and Ayala Corporation says it is ready to take over the operations and maintenance of Light Rail Transit Line 1 LRT1 on September 5

TAKEOVER. Construction of the LRT1 extension from Baclaran in Parañaque City to Bacoor in Cavite is seen to be completed by May 2019

LRT1 starts trial run of unified ticketing scheme August 16

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Starting Sunday commuters can buy and use the new contactless beep cards on the southbound line of the LRT1

FIRST USERS. A woman tries the new contactless beep card at the LRT2 Legarda station. Photo from the Twitter account of LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera

Senior citizens, PWDs to register for discounted 'tap and go’ cards

Aug 07, 2015 - 7:46 PM

Those who still have the magnetic stored value tickets can refund the remaining value of their cards in all LRT1 stations from August 8 to 15

Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

No LRT1 fare hike under Aquino's watch – Abaya

Aug 06, 2015 - 5:28 PM

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says his successor will determine whether or not to implement a fare hike

NO HIKE. The government will compensate Light Rail Manila Consortium for the remaining rail tariff committed to the consortium, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says

LRT1 to stop selling magnetic tickets starting August 8

Aug 06, 2015 - 4:58 PM

The old magnetic system will be decommissioned in preparation for the new contactless system which has been undergoing public tests at Line 2 of the LRT

New unified LRT-MRT ticket: September rollout eyed for LRT1

Jul 23, 2015 - 9:58 AM

The new unified ticketing scheme will be implemented in more LRT2 stations within the next two weeks while the southbound side of LRT1 is expected to go live by September

MINOR GLITCHES. The transportation department calls the LRT2 unified ticketing scheme limited public trial a success, as minor glitches only involved the ticket vending machines (TVMs), such as the rejection of old and very crumpled peso bills. No major issues were experienced at the new turnstiles. Photo from LRT Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera's Twitter account

DOTC to expand LRT, MRT unified ticketing scheme in 2 weeks

Jul 21, 2015 - 4:31 PM

The agency says it is working on the minor glitches encountered by passengers during the trial run of the automated fare collection system

Trial run of LRT, MRT unified ticketing scheme starts July 20

Jul 17, 2015 - 5:24 PM

UPDATED LRT2 becomes the first Philippine commuter train to use smart card technology in its ticketing system

FIRST USERS. A woman tries the new contactless beep card at the LRT2 Legarda station. Photo from the Twitter account of LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera

LRTA threw 'lavish' party while train roofs leaked – Bayan

Jul 16, 2015 - 1:11 PM

Instead of throwing a party to celebrate its 35th anniversary the LRTA should have reviewed the state of its train system militant group Bayan says

COSTUME PARTY. Militant group Bayan criticizes the LRTA's 'lavish' party, as commuters endure long lines and leaking roofs from aging LRT trains. Photo from the Facebook account of Renato Reyes

LRT2 East extension project groundbreaking set on June 9

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:27 PM

The P2 27B civil works for the project is eyed to be completed by third quarter 2017

UNA hits LP over LRT collision, transport problems

May 23, 2015 - 3:13 PM

The UNA statement comes after two trains of the LRT Line 1 collide in Monumento Caloocan City Saturday morning May 2

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

Coming this May: New LRT, MRT 'tap and go' cards

May 11, 2015 - 12:05 PM

The new reloadable tap and go card for passengers of Metro Manila s 3 railway lines will soon be available starting with the LRT2 this May

TAP AND GO. The new Beep card can be used in Lines 1 and 2 of the LRT and the MRT3. Photo from the Twitter account of LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera

Some LRT1 gates closed for ticket system upgrade

Apr 15, 2015 - 2:27 PM

This allows the upgrading of the train line s ticketing system which will be in place in June

TRANSITION. All 3 Metro Manila railways will fully transition to the automated fare collection system by 3Q 2015. File photo from the PPP Center

No LRT operations on Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

Mar 19, 2015 - 3:16 PM

LRT lines 1 and 2 will also have shorter operating hours on Holy Wednesday

File photo by Rappler

SC asked to halt LRT1 Cavite extension project

Feb 20, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The P64 9B mass rail transit project is the ‘most disadvantageous government contract of all time ’ a lawyer ​says in his petition before the High Court

DOTC rolls out MRT3 consultancy, procurement projects

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:13 AM

No takers for its maintenance contract and yet the agency now calls interested firms to bid for MRT3 s improvement projects

LRT, MRT on limited operations Dec 24 and 31

Dec 20, 2014 - 5:14 PM

These mass transit lines are on shortened operations during the eve of Christmas and New Year while MMDA suspends the number coding scheme for 13 days

Free LRT ride for seniors on October 4

Oct 03, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Seniors or those aged 60 and above can ride for free the whole day on the LRT lines on October 4 in celebration of Elderly Filipino Week

LRT1. Train photo from the LRTA official Facebook page

Conglomerates eye LRT2 project

Sep 30, 2014 - 12:21 PM

Bidders have until November 20 to submit the pre qualification documents

LRTA slashes budget for LRT2 maintenance contract

Sep 23, 2014 - 10:51 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority also moves the bidding deadline from September 24 to October 17

What caused MRT 3 accident? Gov’t begins probe

Aug 13, 2014 - 6:22 PM

The investigation will determine if the accident was caused by technical or human error says the LRTA

LRT, MRT resume operations

Jul 16, 2014 - 3:19 PM

UPDATED With sufficient power supply LRT and MRT resumed operations at 5 am of July 17

SUSPENDED. LRT and MRT operations remain suspended following typhoon Glenda's aftermath, Wednesday, July 16. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

DOTC: No fare hike yet for LRT, MRT

Jul 09, 2014 - 8:18 PM

The DOTC chief also clarifies that the LRT 1 Cavite extension project will no way affect the proposed fare hike for LRT lines 1 and 2 and MRT 3

NO FARE HIKE YET. There is no schedule yet for the much-needed fare hike for Metro Manila's railway systems. File photo by AFP

P1.3-B LRT 2 maintenance contract up for bid

Jun 04, 2014 - 8:41 PM

DOTC also gives green light to a Korean consortium to start civil works for the LRT 2 East Extension project

Photo obtained from the PPP Center

MRT, LRT fare hike public talks on Dec 12

Dec 05, 2013 - 1:30 PM

Public consultations for a proposed fare hike for the MRT 3 LRT 1 and LRT 2 will start on December 12

CONSULTATIONS. Public consultations regarding a proposed fare hike for the MRT3, LRT1, and LRT2 are set for December 12. File photo by AFP

Govt to spend P6M for rehab of LRT-2 tracks

Oct 01, 2013 - 11:21 AM

The Light Rail Transit Authority will bid out a P6 million contract for the repair of damaged and cracked columns of the LRT 2