New LRT1 timetable to increase daily trips

June 6, 2017 - 9:06 AM
LRT-1 trains
LRT-1 trains (Interaksyon/Bernard Testa)

MANILA, Philippines — The Light Rail Transit Line 1 will be introducing a new timetable that will increase the number of its weekday trips, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

“The 20-kilometer railway system from Baclaran in Paranaque to Roosevelt in Quezon City is set to implement a new timetable to increase the number of weekday trips, extend operating hours and shorten waiting periods for its clients,” DOTr Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez said in a statement.

Under the new scheme, the LRT1’s first trip will be at 4:30 a.m. instead of the current 5 a.m. while the last northbound trip from Baclaran to Roosevelt will be at 10 p.m. and southbound at 10:15 p.m.

The speed limit for the LRT-1 north extension (Monumento to Roosevelt stations) will also be increased from 40 to 60 kilometers per hour.

These changes will increase the number of weekday trips from the current 512 to 554, an eight percent increase, although weekend and holiday schedules will remain unchanged.

“Passengers will experience shorter waiting periods once the change is put in effect,” Chavez said.

Light Rail Manila Corporation, the LRT1 concessionaire, has restored middle cars for the LRT Generation 1 trains from 77 light rail vehicles to 103 LRVs since taking over operations of the transit system.

It also said average daily ridership reached 443,000 in the first quarter of 2017, a six percent year-on-year increase.