LRT-2 suspends operations due to fire

MANILA The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) on Thursday suspended its operations following a fire caused by a power transformer that tripped between Katipunan and Anonas stations and in the Santolan depot.

In a message, lawyer Hernan Cabrera, LRT-2 spokesperson, said full suspension of the rail line took effect at 11:33 a.m. and partial operations were being evaluated.

We are evaluating two options for partial operations Recto-Cubao and back/Recto-Anonas. But the options depend on the availability of power supply given the fact that the power rectifier (transformer) in the Katipunan area is damaged, Cabrera said.

He added the LRT-2 has reversing tracks in Anonas and Cubao, which can be used for partial operations, but would also depend on available power.

In a Twitter post, the LRT-2 said the fire has been contained at 12:31 p.m. and the cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

The LRT-2 has a total length of about 13.8 kilometers and when fully operational, its trains run from Santolan in Pasig City to Recto in Manila.

Its daily ridership was estimated to be around 200,000. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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