LRT-1 commuters, mark this date: December 3 and 4.
LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has announced that the LRT-1 operations will be suspended for two days this coming weekend to prepare for the reintegration of the Roosevelt Station.
What happened to Roosevelt Station
The LRMC has closed the Roosevelt Station in Muñoz, Quezon City since September 2020 to accommodate the government’s construction of the Common Station also known as the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) that would connect LRT-1 to MRT-1 and even with the new MRT-7. The government handed over the Roosevelt station back to LRMC last June 2022.
For more than two years, LRT-1 only operates in 19 stations from Baclaran to Balintawak.
‘Prepare your trips ahead’
“We advise our passengers to plan their trips ahead. We assure the public that the upcoming weekend closure with temporary inconvenience will result in long-term benefits for our commuters,” LRMC Chief Operating Officer Rolando J. Paulino III said in a statement.
During the weekend closure, LRMC will conduct readiness tests, trial runs, and exercises to check integration of the Roosevelt area under LRT-1’s brand-new Alstom signaling system.
The LRMC upgraded its signaling system last February, but only along the existing line of Baclaran to Balintawak.
“In coordination with our private and government partners, it will be all hands on deck to ensure a safe and successful resumption of commercial operations for the full line,” Paulino added.
Roosevelt station to re-open December 5 if…
Paulino assured the public that “once the results of operational exercises are confirmed to be acceptable,” the Roosevelt Station will be re-opened.
“We advise commuters to stay tuned as we conduct these readiness tests along the LRT-1 and be updated on the status of Roosevelt reopening,” he said.