More trains to operate in LRT-2 east extension after July 18 – LRTA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) - More trains are expected to operate in the extended section of the Light Rail Transit-2 after two weeks pending installation of a safety feature, an official said on Monday.

Only one train is servicing the new Marikina and Antipolo stations that opened on Monday as the Light Rail Transit Authority completes the signaling system in the east extension.

The signaling system is a safety mechanism to direct traffic and keep trains clear of each other.

“So probably after July 18, with the completion of the integration works, we could deploy more trains and then we could normally operate na dun sa area (in the area),” LRTA spokesperson Hernan Cabrera told CNN Philippines’ Traffic Center.

Cabrera said by then the east extension will be seamless to the main line ending in Santolan.

“Until we are able to complete the full integration, we can only run one shuttle train sa area (in the area),” he said. The single train serves as a shuttle to the Santolan station in Pasig City.

“Kapag nakumpleto natin itong full integration ng signaling system, then normally we can already run both tracks nung extension area natin,” he added.

[Translation: Once the full integration of the signaling system is completed, then normally we can already run both tracks in the extension area.]

The additional LRT-2 stations are projected to add 80,000 more passengers daily in the line and give access from Antipolo to Recto in Manila.

Rides are free at the east extension for two weeks.