LRT 1 resumed full operation on Friday after fire in a power cable limited train trips to between Central Station and Roosevelt.
LRT 1 was back on line at 6:35 a.m. Friday, over an hour behind its scheduled opening, resulting in long lines of commuters at the stations.
Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) spokesperson Hernando Cabrera attributed the delays to the longer than usual safety inspection that had to be completed following a fire incident last Wednesday.
Cabrera said LRT 1 usually starts deploying its train at 3:30 a.m. to ensure there are enough trains when operations start at 5 a.m.
Currently, LRT 1 can only deploy from 27 to 28 trains, fewer than the required 33 it dispatches to accommodate the number of passengers in on a weekday, he said.
The LRT-1, which runs from Roosevelt in Quezon City to Baclaran in Paranaque City, usually carries 500,000 riders daily.
Cabrera said bidding for the P18-billion rehabilitation of the LRT Lines 1 and 2 has begun.
He justified the proposed P5 fare increase, saying the railway needs to be rehabilitated.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO