MANILA � The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) resumed on Tuesday partial operations between Cubao and Recto stations.
In a statement, LRT Authority Administrator (LRTA) Gen. Reynaldo Berroya said the resumption of operations came after thorough safety checks have been completed.
The signaling, telecommunications, power supply systems, tracks and the trains for these stations have been cleared and in normal condition. Hence, we are now ready to serve the riding public, Berroya said.
The LRTA said train operations started at 6 a.m., later than the usual 4:30 a.m., and the last trains will leave at 8:30 p.m. from Cubao and 9 p.m. from Recto, both earlier than the usual 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The rail authority said the late start and early closing were to give way for maintenance works.
To ensure sufficiency of power supply, Berroya said the LRT-2 will only send out a limited number of trains and appealed to their passengers to allow an additional hour for their commute.
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 (transformer) substations, Berroya said.
Currently, Santolan, Katipunan, and Anonas stations remain out of service and its tracks unpassable due to damage to its power supply and signaling systems.
Berroya said the LRTA would do its best to fix these issues and restore full operations of the LRT-2 system within six to nine months.
To further help affected passengers, point-to-point buses have been fielded at Masinag, Emerald, and Santolan stations to go all the way to Legarda station and back, with another 40 modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) deployed to take passengers across Santolan to Legarda.
A bus service loop has also been deployed to ferry passengers across Santolan, Katipunan, Anonas, and Cubao.
The LRTA said these PUVs will operate daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will cost PHP15 from Santolan to Cubao or PHP25 from Masinag to Legarda.
In addition, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard continue to provide free bus rides from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the Santolan to Cubao loop.
On Thursday (Oct. 3) noon, full suspension of the LRT-2 began due to tripped power rectifiers which also caused fires and resulted in severe damage to the rectifier substation in the eastern end of the rail line. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency