Light rail transit system records highest ridership in 25 years

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said it recorded the highest passenger volume in 25 years during last Friday’s Feast Day of the Black Nazarene celebration.

In a statement, Melquiades Robles, LRTA administrator said the number of passengers reached 582,989, beating the old record of 542,605 passengers set on December 16, 1996.

Robles also said it has set a new combined ridership record of 785,674 passengers for both its Line 1 and Recto-Santolan System (Line 2), surpassing its 2007 record of 542,605.

With the heavy influx of passengers, the LRTA’s Operation Department had to deploy some of its train crew supervisors to drive the trains and augment its train operators for the continuous fielding of its 31 trains at 2 minutes interval.

Robles said the new record was achieved because of LRTA’s Capacity Expansion Project (Phase II), which was completed in 2007, as well as the speedy rehabilitation of all down trains, some of which have been inoperative for 15 years.[Read full Article...]

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