LRTA favors original location of LRT-MRT common station

admin   •   May 20, 2016   •   7638

An aerial view of the place where the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) wants to build the LRT-MRT common station captured via UNTV Drone. (UNTV News)

An aerial view of the place where the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) wants to build the LRT-MRT common station captured via UNTV Drone.
(UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — It was July 30, 2014 when the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the construction of the common station.

This project should have been started long ago if it wasn’t for the request of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to transfer the station’s location.

But LRTA said, if the lifting of the TRO will take long, they may decide to proceed with the first plan to construct the common station in front of SM Annex.

“If this will not prosper, we just proceed as planned, anyway the new proposal came late,” said LRTA Administrator Honorito Chaneco.

The Supreme Court has extended the restraining order it issued against the relocation of the common station.

DOTC and LRTA’s petition to lift the TRO was denied

The TRO enjoined the LRTA and DOTC from proceeding with the transfer of the common station in front of SM City North EDSA to a new site in front of the Trinoma mall.

Based on the decision, the court cannot turn a blind eye to the serious implications of a change in the location of the common station.

It must undergo the legal process if the DOTC wants to start the construction of the common station to its new location for the sake of the riding public.

The SC also deferred action on SM Prime Holdings Inc’s petition for injunction in Pasay Regional Trial Court.

In June 2014, SM Prime sued DOTC and LRTA for violating the agreement to build the common station but the lower court junked the plea of SM Prime.

According to DOTC, the common station was relocated after a study showed government can save Php 800 million to Php 1 billion if the station is built close to Trinoma.

“Each of us must look on our contracts and see if its technically feasible or economically feasible and legally allowed in the contract,” Chaneco explained.

Moreover, the DOTC earlier said the agreement with SM Prime expired in 2011 but SM Prime Holdings claimed there was no expiry date provided in the documents.


MRT to offer free rides to PWDs from July 17 to 23

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—In celebration of the 43rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) will offer free rides to persons with disability (PWDs).

In an advisory on Friday (July 16), the MRT management said the free rides will be for the week-long celebration of the NDPR from July 17 to 23.

Free rides will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Commuters who want to avail the MRT-3 free ride need to present their PWD identification card to the security personnel.

The MRT-3 management reminds commuters to strictly follow minimum health safety protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. AAC

LRT-2 East Extension to begin operations on July 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) East Extension will begin operations on July 6, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Thursday  (July 1) at the inauguration of the project.

The transportation department, in a statement, said commuters will now experience a swifter, comfortable and convenient train ride experience, as the travel time from and to Recto, Manila and Antipolo, Rizal will just be 40 minutes from the current three hours via land transport.

The LRT-2 Extension also aims to reduce traffic along Marcos Highway, especially in Marikina, Pasig and Antipolo.

Trains on the line running from Recto Station in Manila to the Antipolo Station have also been increased to eight from the previous five trains that run from Recto Station to the Santolan Station.

The rail line can now accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers daily, further increasing the rail line’s average daily passenger capacity from 240,000 to 320,000 passengers.

Moreover, at least 1,800 jobs were also generated during the construction of the LRT-2 East Extension Project. The DOTr also projects that 170 rail personnel will be employed to work at the two new stations. AAC



DOTr, LTFRB address concerns over long queues at MRT, EDSA Carousel Stations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said they have taken steps to address the long queues in MRT-3 stations and in EDSA Carousel Stations.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr explained that the long lines were prompted by the heavy rain on Friday (June 11).

Vehicular accidents were also reported which contributed to an unusual traffic build-up. The department also noted that waiting time and queuing  are inevitable especially during rush hour or weekend.

“Lines of commuters at the MRT-3 Ortigas and Ayala stations that Friday night were in normal condition. The commuters in the photos lined-up to board buses at the EDSA Carousel stations, which are also located at the said MRT-3 stations,” the DOTr said.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the DOTr Road Sector and the LTFRB to implement protocols to avoid long queues. This includes adding more transport marshals, requesting EDSA Busway Consortium to deploy the maximum number of authorized bus units, and deploy more “rescue skip buses” to congested EDSA Bus Stops to pick up passengers especially during rush hours.

Meanwhile, the DOTr Road Sector, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and local government units (LGUs) concerned shall likewise meet and further discuss various measures to prevent traffic congestion that affect the operation of the EDSA Busway. AAC


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