Gerard dela Pena, News5 | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com
February 7, 2017 1:31 AM
A brighter Doroteo Jose station of the Light Rail Transit line 1. (Bernard Testa/InterAksyon.com)
MANILA – The 27,000 average passengers of Light Rail Transit line 1 or LRT-1 can expect a better commute as private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announced on Monday the completion of the first phase of its P500-million Station Improvement Project.
The project, which upgrades the stations of Southeast Asia’s first rail transport line, inaugurated today the Doreteo Jose station in Sta. Cruz, Manila. The Doroteo Jose station is the interconnecting station of LRT-1 and LRT-2, and serves an average of 27,000 passengers daily.
VIP’s from the consortium and private investors led by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala was accompanied by brother Fernando Zobel to check on the newly renovated and refurbished station.
Former Public Works Secretary and now LRMC president and CEO Rogelio Singson promised that the private operator will continue to work hard to make sure that the 32-year-old transport system will be at par with global standards.
LRMC also said during the inauguration that it is ready to deploy as much as 100 light rail vehicles ( LRVs) and in faster frequency to serve the more than 420,000 average daily passengers.
For his part, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala said that even if Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) chairman Manny V. Pangilinan was not present during the inauguration, the group of investors and other partners will make sure that the country’s transport system will be addressed in due time to make it more efficient.
The stations, which serve the most number of passengers, such as UN Avenue, Gil Puyat, Abad Santos, Pedro Gil and R. Papa, will be given priority in terms of station improvement.
At the same time, 26 kilometers of old rails southbound will be replaced with new ones.