LRT 2 update. Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) gave a permit to a total of 89 additional buses and jeepneys to pick-up Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 passengers between Santolan in Marikina City and Quezon City’s Cubao district.
The said three LRT-2 stations suspended its operations for nine months when the rectifier substation 5 in Katipunan station tripped and caused a fire.
LTFB allowed 79 buses and 10 passenger jeepneys to pick-up affected commuters via a special permit, which is valid for six months. The permits would be canceled as soon as the LRT-2 begins operating again.
According to LTFRB chair Martin Delgra III, special permits were usually given to PUVs during the holiday season to accommodate the influx of riders.
The 79 buses were from Victory Liner (30), RRCG Transport (28), Corimba (6), Armi Josh (5), Earth Star Express (5), Quiapo Bus (4) and Airfreight Express (1). Tolfetano Corp. provided the 10 “modernized” jeepneys.
The LRT 2 has 11 stations that transport about 240,000 commuters every day from Manila, San Juan, Quezon City, and Marikina.
Last week, LRT-2 announced on Friday morning that MMDA would give a free bus ride to affected Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 passengers.
LRT 2 update this week
The Light Rail Transit Authority said the train’s services between Cubao and Recto could resume this week but on limited operations only.
Passengers had no choice to find new ways on how to survive daily commute, such as riding “Angkas” and Grab taxis.