LRT can't handle passenger influx due to infra projects

Posted at 02/19/14 5:13 PM

MANILA -- The management of Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) admitted that they won't be able to handle the influx of additional passengers in LRT Line 1 if it becomes an alternative mode of transportation for those affected by major infrastructure projects all over Metro Manila.

According to LRTA spokesperson Atty. Hernando Cabrera, even though many of the projects have not yet started, they already have their hands full with about 500,000 passengers on a normal day.

He added that of the 33 trains in Line 1, only 28 or 29 trains can be used since four to five trains are still being repaired. He said they don't expect any additional trains soon.

Cabrera also explained that they will not be able to extend operating hours because they use after-operation hours to maintain and check their trains.

According to Cabrera, only LRT Line 2 has the capacity to accomodate more passengers as its trains have a normal capacity of 400,000 to 500,00 passengers, but only about 200,000 passengers use this line every day. -- report from Dennis Datu, dzMM