After more than a year, LRT2 resumes full line operations with the reopening of three stations that were closed since October 2019.
Starting Friday, January 22, 2021, LRT2 stations in Santolan, Katipunan and Anonas will resume operations.
A report by Darlene Cay on Unang Balita on Friday said the first train left Santolan station in Pasig at 5 a.m. with seven passengers.
Reynaldo Berroya, head of LRT Administration, said all appropriate tests were conducted to confirm the stability and reliability of the provisional power supply for the reopening of the three stations.
Berroya, however, appealed to passengers to allot additional hours in their travel as the headway – or the time before another train arrives at the station – will take an average of 14 minutes since a 30-km speed restriction is implemented as the train approaches Anonas station.
With the speed restriction, he said, travel time from Santolan to Recto stations will take more than 35 minutes compared to 28 minutes when the system is in normal and good condition.
The LRTA also reminded passengers to adhere to all the safety protocols being implemented inside stations and trains to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
LRT2, which traverses Santolan in Pasig to Recto in Manila, has a 32,000 average daily ridership.
In October 2019, operations in the three stations were suspended after the power rectifier in Katipunan area caught fire and cut the power supply for trains. --KBK, GMA News