LRT-2 extension to begin operations on June 23

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021   •   821

MANILA, Philippines — The Light Rail Transit-2 (LRT-2) Antipolo Station is set to operate on June 23, Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Ynares announced Thursday.

In her official Facebook post, Ynares said there will be a soft opening on June 22 but the Antipolo and Marikina Stations will be operational on June 23. With the LRT-2 East extension, travel time to and from Recto, Manila is expected to shorten.

The LRT-2 Management also posted the fare matrix for the LRT-2 East Extension stations.

Fare from Recto terminal station to Antipolo terminal station and vice versa will only cost P30.00 for Single Journey Tickets and P28.00 for Stored Value Cards. Fare from Recto terminal station to Marikina station and vice versa will also cost P30.00 for Single Journey Tickets while Stored Value Card will cost P26.00. AAC

MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR extend free rides for vaccinated APORs as NCR reverts to MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that authorized persons outside residence (APORs) or those known as essential workers may still enjoy free train rides at MRT-3, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) as the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila is extended until September 15.

However, the managements of MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR remind APORs, that only those vaccinated may avail of the free rides, regardless if it is only their first dose or they are already fully vaccinated.

The schedule of free train rides for vaccinated APORs is as follows:

MRT-3
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

LRT-2
5:00 AM to 7:00 AM
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Philippine National Railways (PNR)
4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
7:00 PM onwards

To avail of the free ride, APORs must present their respective vaccination cards and valid IDs to the assigned security personnel at the station as proof.

Other credentials that may be presented include Certificate of Employment (COE); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID; or company ID.

The DOTr reminds the public that only APORs are allowed to use the MRT-3 under MECQ.

Trains are operating at 30% passenger capacity which is equivalent to 124 passengers per train or a total of 372 persons per train set.

Passengers are reminded to observe the strict health protocols inside trains and train stations specifically the ‘7 Commandments’ against COVID-19:

1) Always wear a face mask and face shield;
2) No talking policy is applied at all times;
3) No eating;
4) Maintain proper ventilation in all public transportation;
5) Disinfect regularly;
6) Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to board;
7) Always observe appropriate physical distancing.

Full-line operation of LRT-2 East Extension stations begin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— The LRT-2 East Extension on Tuesday (September 7) officially started its full-line train operations.

Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said that passengers  from the new east extension in Marikina and Antipolo need not transfer at Santolan station to complete their journey.

Previously, a shuttle train is provided for passengers to travel from Antipolo to Santolan and vice-versa.

Berroya also reported that previously,  five trainsets were running on the Santolan to Recto and vice-versa route with 14 to 16 minutes average headway, or interval between trains, while the shuttle from Antipolo to Santolan resulted in 18 to 20 minutes average trip time.

With the full-line operation, the LRTA official announced there are now eight trainsets resulting in 10 minutes headway.

“I am truly happy that the integration and migration tests were already completed and finally, passengers will not have to transfer at Santolan to complete their journeys,” he said.

Meanwhile, the free ride for Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) will only last until Tuesday as Metro Manila will shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting Wednesday (September 8).

Vaccinated APORs to get free LRT2, MRT-3, PNR rides at selected hours

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The management of LRT-2, MRT-3, and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will continue to provide vaccinated Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) free rides at selected hours.

Specifically, vaccinated APORs can ride the LRT-2 and PNR trains for free at off-peak hours as services remain limited, according to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade.

Meanwhile, APORs may ride MRT-3 trains for free during the line’s peak hours.

These are the inclusive hours per rail line:

MRT-3 peak hours
– 7AM to 9AM and 5PM to 7PM

LRT-2 off-peak hours
– 5AM to 7AM; 9AM to 5PM; and 7PM to 9PM

PNR off-peak hours
– 10AM to 3PM

Tugade clarified that the limited continuation of the Free Rides for Vaccinated APORs Program will only be during the enforcement of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila which ends on Aug. 31.

He said the free ride program for vaccinated APORs will be later re-evaluated depending on changes in the quarantine status of Metro Manila for possible extension.

“This free ride program aims to encourage more APORs to get vaccinated, especially now that new and more transmissible variants of COVID-19 are emerging,” Tugade added.

Meanwhile, the Transport Secretary reminds APORs to strictly observe physical distancing and other health protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 while inside public transport vehicles and stations.

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