Special permits issued to 89 PUVs to ply LRT-2 route

MANILA A total of 89 public utility vehicles have been issued special permits to ferry passengers along the route of the currently offline Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2).

Data released by the LRT Authority (LRTA) on Monday showed that 10 of these PUVs will ply the Santolan station to Legarda station route while about 50 PUVs were permitted to ferry passengers from Santolan station to Cubao station from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Starting Tuesday (Oct. 8), more buses will be fielded at the Masinag, Emerald, and Santolan stations to go all the way to Legarda Station in Sampaloc, Manila and back while an additional 24 modern PUVs will be deployed to ferry passengers from the Santolan to Cubao route.

Fare from the Santolan station to Cubao station is PHP15 and PHP25 from Masinag, Emerald, Santolan to Legarda Station.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine Coast Guard will continue to provide free rides from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Santolan to Cubao and vice versa.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued on Sunday the special permits to the following transport companies: Airfreight Express Bus (one unit), Armi Josh Bus (five units), Corimba Bus (six units), Quiapo Bus (four units), Earth Star Express Inc. (five units), Tolfetano Corp. (10 modern jeepneys), Victory Liner (30 units) and RRCG Transport (28 units).

The LRTA management appealed for the understanding of its estimated 200,000 daily passengers as operations of the LRT-2 was still fully suspended on Monday.

"We did our best but due to the complexity of the problem, we were not able to complete the test runs and safety checks of the telecommunications system today, LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroya said Sunday.

Once the signaling, telecommunications, and power supply systems and trains are cleared and found to be in normal condition, partial operations of the LRT-2 from Cubao to Recto and back will resume.

"We cannot compromise the safety of everyone so we need to thoroughly check the integrity and stability of LRT 2 structures and equipment before we resume operations," Berroya said.

On Friday last week, the LRT-2 said partial operations of the rail line will resume early this week while Anonas, Katipunan, and Santolan stations will be offline for about nine months due to severe damage to the local power rectifier (transformer) substation.

The extended repair period for these three stations was due to the lengthy process of procuring replacement parts for the damaged substation from overseas, the LRTA said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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