LIGHT Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) intends to bring more light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) as part of the strategy to reduce commuters’ waiting time.
“The priority is to bring back more light rail vehicles on the line to reduce the customers’ waiting time,” said LRMC President and CEO Jesus Francisco.
“We also need to improve the condition of the rails in preparation for the time when we can bring the trains up to speed,” he added.
Two weeks after taking over the operations of LRT-1, the company has started assessing the trains, substations, tracks and passenger terminals to determine the extent of work needed to improve commuter rail way. LRT-1 services about 400,000 passengers daily.
“Together with DOTC and LRTA, LRMC will work to complete the full assessment of Line 1 as soon as possible,” Francisco said.
Earlier, the company disclosed plans to upgrade the passenger terminals, including the escalators and elevators – all 32 will be repaired and overhauled.
“Expanding the capacity of the trains to lessen waiting time means refurbishing existing trains and purchasing new ones to complement the government’s acquisition of new LRVs which we hope will come as per DOTC and LRTA’s timetable,” Francisco noted.
LRMC is a joint venture among Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd.