Passengers of LRT-1 can expect a better commute as private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announced last Monday February 6, the completion of the first phase of its P500-million Station Improvement Project.
The project, which upgrades the stations of Southeast Asia’s first rail transport line, in the same day, the new LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station in Sta. Cruz Manila was also inaugurated. Doroteo Jose is the interconnecting station of LRT-1 and LRT-2, and serves an average of 27,000 passengers daily.
According LRMC President and CEO Rogelio L.Singson, the next phase of the project covers United Nations, Gil Puyat, Abad Santos, Pedro Gil, and, R.Papa, which will be accomplished in June. By the end of 2017, LRMC will deliver a wholly refurbished train line, featuring stations that have been renovated and equipped with structural upgrades and new facilities to enhance passenger experience.
” Doroteo Jose is just the beginning, We are now working on the rest of the project’s phase and, with the support of our commercial partners, we are hoping to see more enhancements at the other stations by the end of this year.” LRMC President and CEO Rogelio L. Singson.
Addressing Accessibility, Safety, Security
LRMC is working towards improvements to put LRT-1 at par with global transport standards. From the station’s entrance to the train’s platforms. passengers’ accessibility, safety, and security were addressed.
Retail Spaces For Passengers’ Convenience
Given the dynamic, fast-paced nature of every Filipino’s commute, LRMC has also partnered with retail operations manager, Ayala Land Inc., and Advertising partner PHAR Philippines, to make more conveniences available inside the stations.
100 LRV’s Now Up and Running
LRMC also announced that as of end December 2016, it is already able to deploy as much as 100 light rail vehicles or up to 3- trains per day. This is coming from only 77 back in September 2015.
Prepping For The Future
The replacement of LRT-1’s 32 year old rails is also underway, with a total of 10,583 meters or 40% already complete. The rail replacement project runs a total of 26 kilometers from Baclaran to 5th Avenue station, and is targeted to finish by the end of 2017.
Coinciding with the unveiling of the new Doroteo Jose is the opening of the LRT-1 exhibit, featuring the work and vision of Architect Francisco “Bobby” Manosa. He designed the LRT-1 stations in the early 1980’s.