The scheduled shutdown of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) this coming weekend, April 24 to 25, will no longer push through as most of the planned maintenance works have already been completed ahead of schedule, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announced.
“We recognize the role of public transport in ensuring the mobility of essential services and understand the needs of our commuters this pandemic. Our engineering team did their best to accelerate and compress activities through improved planning and coordination,” LRMC Chief Operating Officer Enrico Benipayo said on Tuesday, April 20.
“[The] LRT-1 will no longer need another weekend shutdown and will be back to serve our passengers this coming weekend,” he added.
The LRMC, the private operator of LRT-1, earlier set the line’s maintenance shutdown for the final two weekends of the month to complete the remaining rehabilitation works of trains, stations, and various systems that were began during the Holy Week.
According to Benipayo, major rehabilitation works were performed to continuously ensure the reliability of the 37-year-old rail line, as well as the safety of train riders.
The LRMC added that there will be no changes in the service schedule of LRT-1. This means it will retain the 4:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. train schedule for northbound trips, and 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. schedule for southbound trips.
“The riding public is advised to be guided accordingly and plan their essential trips ahead during this period,” the LRMC added.