Limited LRT-2 operations resume 6 am, October 8 – LRTA

Limited LRT-2 operations resume 6 am, October 8 – LRTA
A pedestrian looks at dangling debris from last Thursday’s explosion at the LRT Line 2 on Aurora Boulevard near J.P. Rizal Street, Quezon City. This area underneath the overhead railway has since been cordoned off and guarded. (Photo by Nate C. Barretto/THEPHILBIZNEWS)

By THEPHILBIZNEWS STAFF

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) announced that the LRT Purple Line or LRT-2 will resume limited operations at 6 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, servicing commuters traveling from Cubao to Recto and vice versa.

In a Twitter post at 6:54 p.m. today, LRT2 said it will “implement partial operations” with the first train leaving Cubao, Quezon City at 6 a.m. The last trip from Cubao Station to Recto Station in Manila will leave at 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the last trip from Recto to Cubao will leave at 9 p.m., the Twitter post said.

Earlier, LRTA Administrator Berroya had announced working out ways to implement “degraded operations” between Cubao and Recto. “Test runs and safety checks of all equipment and facilities such as signalling, communications, power and trains should be completed before we can partially operate,” he said.

It will be recalled that an explosion happened last Thursday morning, October 3, resulting in severe damage of the two rectifier substations. The initial estimated cost of the damage to the system is P428 million.

The explosion and fire led to an immediate stop to operations along the entire LRT-2 line.

Berroyo sadi the Santolan to Cubao portion of LRT-2 will be unserviceable for a maximum of nine months because the replacement of the damaged rectifier substations necessitates a highly-technical intervention.

“Its replacement needs to undergo the processes of procurement, delivery, installation, testing, and commisioning which will take ample time to complete,” the LRTA Chief said in a statement.

He explained that the cause of the incident is still being investigated and commissioning engineers from USA involved in the design and installation of the existing rectifier substations will arrive to help in the ongoing investigation.

With the operations from Santolan to Anonas still temporarily suspended, buses from the MMDA and the Philippine Coast Guard are being deployed to ferry the affected passengers during peak hours, the LRTA said.

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The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) remains inoperable as of today, October 7, as the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) works out plans to resume limited operations between Cubao, Quezon City and Recto in Manila within this week.

The LRTA Chief Reynaldo Berroya announced over the weekend the “possibility of implementing degraded operations from Cubao to Recto and back” anytime this week.

He added: “Test runs and safety checks of all equipment and facilities such as signalling, communications, power and trains should be completed before we can partially operate.”

It will be recalled that an explosion happened last Thursday morning, October 3, resulting in severe damage of the two rectifier substations. The initial estimated cost of the damage to the system is P428 million.

The explosion and fire led to an immediate stop to operations along the entire LRT-2 line.

While Berroya sees a resumption of Cubao-Recto operations this week, he said the Santolan to Cubao portion of LRT-2 will be unserviceable for a maximum of nine months because the replacement of the damaged rectifier substations necessitates a highly-technical intervention.

“Its replacement needs to undergo the processes of procurement, delivery, installation, testing, and commisioning which will take ample time to complete,” the LRTA Chief said in a statement.

He explained that the cause of the incident is still being investigated and commissioning engineers from USA involved in the design and installation of the existing rectifier substations will arrive to help in the ongoing investigation.

With the operations from Santolan to Anonas still temporarily suspended, buses from the MMDA and the Philippine Coast Guard are being deployed to ferry the affected passengers during peak hours, the LRTA said.

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