LRTA addresses mechanical problem in Stored Value Tickets

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is exhausting all means to immediately restore and normalize the distribution of Stored Value Tickets (SVT) due to mechanical problem of its three Ticket Sorting Issuing Equipment (TSIE), the machine that process magnetic tickets.

Engr. Emerson L. Benitez, LRTA Officer-in-Charge said the Authority is appealing to all LRT-1 riders to bear with the inconvenience brought about by the temporary unavailability of SVTs.

The parts required in repairing of the malfunctioning TSIEs are supplied by Thales of Paris, its original equipment manufacturer. LRTA is now coordinating with the manufacturer to replace the parts as soon as possible.

Currently, the remaining three units of TSIE are not sufficient to process the bulk of tickets being previously produced and circulated at the revenue line.

LRTA now prioritizes distribution of Single Journey Tickets (SJT) since 70 percent of the passengers are using them. The three remaining TSIEs are now used to process SJT to continue serving the riding public.
LRTA to Regulate Number of Passengers Entering Line 1 Stations

Anticipating heavy influx of passengers during the opening of classes, the Light Rail Transit Authority will introduce a new scheme called "Passenger Limit per Platform" (PLPP) at peak link areas of LRT station to ease congestion and discomfort of passengers at the station.

According to Mr. Honorito D. Chaneco, the LRTA Administrator, the new scheme will be implemented from Roosevelt to D. Jose stations (southbound) from 6:30 to 10 in the morning and from Baclaran to Carriedo stations (northbound) from 4 to 7 in the evening. Partial implementation of PLPP scheme started on May 27 from Roosevelt to 5th Avenue stations only.

"This new measure will regulate the load capacity of a station platform to ensure that passengers can board the train within 4-5 minutes of their arrival at the platform paid area. As a result, waiting time will be reduced by about 30% from 45 minutes to maximum of 30 minutes. Likewise, when previously, passengers are able to determine the volume of riders only upon reaching the platform, with this new scheme, the passengers will be able to assess the extent of congestion even at the street level," Chaneco stressed.

He further explained that the said scheme will prolong the service life of the system and will ensure the safety and convenience of the riding public.

LRTA Offers Free Rides on Independence Day

In celebration of the 114th anniversary of the Philippine Independence that carries the theme "Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan", the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is offering the public free rides tomorrow, June 12, 2012 at LRT Lines 1 & 2.

Engr. Emerson L. Benitez, LRTA Officer-in-Charge said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) approved the request from the National Historical Commission to give the public free rides in order to provide them convenience and mobility to participate in activities organized by various government agencies in the metropolis.

Benitez said commuters can take the free rides between 7:00am - 9:00am and from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at LRT-1 (Baclaran-Roosevelt) and LRT-2 (Santolan-Recto) lines.

Last year, around 121,000 passengers availed of the free rides with most of them children who had the chance to visit and enjoy the historic site of Rizal Park monument located near the UN station.

In line with DOTC's mandate to provide the public with safe and secure travel, the LRTA will continue to observe "No inspection, No entry policy" in all of its stations.
Japan Parliamentary Mission visits LRTA

Members of the House of Representatives from Councilors of the Government of Japan (GOJ) and officials from its Embassy together with representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted a site visit, Tuesday morning of Philippine projects funded by Japan through Official Development Assistance (ODA) which include various LRTA projects.

These projects with ODA financing include the Engineering Services for LRT Line 1 Capacity Expansion 1 and Line 2 Projects and the Financial Restructuring Study; Line 1 Capacity Expansion Project Phase 1 and Line 1 Rehabilitation Project/ Track Maintenance & Ballast Renewal; LRT Line 1 Capacity Expansion Project Phase II; and the Metro Manila Strategic Mass Rail Transit (Line 2) Development Project Packages 1 to 4.

Headed by Masahito Fujikawa, a representative of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan with 11 other delegates, they visited the LRT Line 1 Depot in Pasay City to validate the completed and on-going projects of LRTA funded by the said country through JICA.

The visitors were welcomed at the LRTA Depot in Pasay by key officials of the Authority headed by Administrator Honorito D. Chaneco.

A brief presentation on the LRT system was held followed by an ocular inspection of the Line 1 Depot. The delegation then took a short train ride of the Line 1 System from the Depot to Baclaran Station and inspected some of the facilities at the said station.

The Japanese delegation was composed of Masami Nishimura of the Democratic Party of Japan; Tomoko Tamura of the Japanese Communist Party; Kunihiko Muroi of the Japan Restoration Party; Yasufumi Okadome, Yuzuru Sakuma and Nobuhiro Yamagoshi of the House of Councilors; Masayuki Harigai and Akio Isomata of the Japanese Embassy; Takahiro Sasaki and Eigo Azukizawa of the JICA Philippine Office.

Among the other Philippine government institutions that will be visited by the Japanese Parliamentary Mission for Japan’s ODA during its 3-day visit in the country are the NEDA, LGU of Pasig-Marikina, San Lazaro Hospital, Maria Clara High School, SCTEX, SBMA, Subic Free Port and the Philippine Coast Guard.

JICA is an independent governmental agency that coordinates ODA for the Government of Japan chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries such as the Philippines.

Its core development programs are technical assistance programs/projects for capacity and institutional development, feasibility studies and master plans with a role in providing capital grants and yen loans. (by Johana Vi E. Gasga)