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LRT1 suspends ops for two weekends, April 17-18, 24-25

The Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), private operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1), on Tuesday announced the temporary suspension of the railway line for two weekends in April to give way for continuous maintenance works to improve the rail system.

LRT1 will be shut from April 17 to 18 and on April 24 to 25 to allow LRMC to complete the remaining maintenance and rehabilitation works started during the Holy Week.

“The works to be carried out during this period would cover the maintenance of trains, stations, and various systems including the scheduled replacement of overhead catenary wires,” the company said.

“The additional days will also accelerate the preparations needed for the commercial use of the new Generation-4 train sets in fourth quarter 2021,” it said.

The LRMC said the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has confirmed the deployment of public utility buses, running on Route 17 —from Monumento to EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue —to support affected commuters during the temporary weekend shutdown.

It added that there will be no changes in the service schedule of LRT1 on weekdays: Northbound train operating from 4:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Southbound train from 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The LRMC assured that it will continue to enforce its health and safety protocols, as well as comply with IATF guidelines while performing the maintenance works during this period. — RSJ, GMA News