Earlier first trip for LRT-2

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — Passengers of the Light Railway Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) can take a ride from as early as 4:30 a.m. starting July 3.

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), which manages LRT-2, on Friday said it has adjusted its schedule to benefit passengers who opt to leave early to avoid traffic.

Under the new schedule, the last train from Santolan station will depart at 10 p.m., while the last train from Recto station will leave at 10:30 p.m.

 

The first commercial trains now leave Recto or Santolan station at 5 a.m, while the last trips are at 9:30 p.m. from Santolan and 10 p.m. from Recto.

Making the first trip 30 minutes earlier also complements the schedules of the LRT-1 and the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), the LRTA said.

Around 200,000 people take the LRT-2 daily, and 10 percent or 20,000 of them also take the LRT-1, transferring from Recto Station to Doroteo Jose Station or vice versa.

Five percent or 10,000 of LRT-2 commuters also take the MRT-3 in Cubao, the LRTA said.

LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroya urged commuters to take the 4:30 a.m. ride to avoid long queues and crowded trains during the morning rush hour, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. He said an estimated 74,000 people take the LRT-2 within this period.

"We have observed that train riders have shifted to new commuting patterns these days. They prefer to leave earlier to avoid the monstrous traffic and the hustle and bustle of peak hours," Berroya said in a statement.