Frequent riders of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) will need to find alternate transportation this weekend.
The Light Rail Manila Corporation, which operates the LRT-1, announced in a November 2022 Facebook post that the train line will temporarily suspend operations on December 3 to 4, 2022.
The company said it will conduct readiness tests, trial runs, and exercises ahead of the reopening of Roosevelt Station in Quezon City.
“Kasama sa preparasyon ang pagtiyak na magiging ligtas at matagumpay ang reintegration ng Roosevelt Station gamit ang bagong Alstom signalling system ng LRT-1,” LRMC said.
[Translation: The preparations include ensuring that the reintegration of Roosevelt Station will be safe and successful using the LRT-1’s new Alstom signaling system.]
“We advise our passengers to plan their trips ahead and to stay tuned for the next advisory regarding the confirmed date of Roosevelt Station reopening,” the company added.
Roosevelt Station has been closed since September 2020 to give way to the construction of the nearby North Triangle Common Station, which will connect the LRT-1 and Metro Rail Transit or MRT lines, along with the upcoming Metro Manila Subway.
It is named after the late U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was in office when the Philippines was under American (and briefly, Japanese) colonial rule from 1898 to 1946.
38 years in operation
LRT-1 is one of the two lines under the Manila Light Rail Transit System, which started operations on December 1984.
It has 20 stations that run through Quezon City, Caloocan City, the City of Manila, Pasay City and Paranaque City.
The train line will also open stations in Las Pinas City and Bacoor City in Cavite.
LRT-1 had been operated by the government-run Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) until September 2015, when it was taken over by LRMC, which is a consortium of four companies:
Magnate Manny Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp.
Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp.
Japanese firm Sumitomo Corporation
Australian company Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd.
Ownership of LRT-1 still remains with the LRTA.
Any suggestions for other commuters who rely on the LRT-1?