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.
Caregiver helps deliver a baby at LRT Central Station

Another female passenger gave birth at the platform area of LRT-1 Central Station this afternoon.

A former caregiver in Kuwait helped Ms. Anita M. Paz deliver her baby boy at around 1:05 pm upon alighting at the eastside platform of Central station.

Ms. Paz, 37 years old, resident of Sampaloc Site, Dos Para�aque City boarded the train with a companion, Ms. Iris Balaod, at Edsa Station. They took the 3rd car of the train instead of the Special Boarding Area, a designated coach for pregnant women.

Ms. Paz and Ms. Balaod are about to go to Fabella Hospital but the former's water bag broke while the train was approaching Pedro Gil station. They then asked co-passengers for direction on how to reach Fabella Hospital.

One passenger, who happened to be a former caregiver, namely Amelita Clemenia, sensed the urgency as the two alighted the Central Station. She then approached Ms. Paz and asked her to lie down at the platform area and helped her deliver the baby.

The mother and the baby were safely brought to the Fabella Hospital by Ms. Abigail Batongbakal, LRT nurse and four LRT security personnel.

The baby will be named Jeb.

Last June 7, 2012, a 33-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl while riding a northbound train of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1.