Commuters of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRT)-2 line can expect more convenience and a better experience in their daily rides as more escalators and elevators have been restored and are now operational in the line’s stations.

As of May 17, 2022, 66 of the LRT-2 line’s 72 escalators and 36 of the LRT-2 line’s 40 elevators are operational, according to the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), the line’s operator.

The rehabilitation and repair of station escalators and elevators is in line with the LRTA’s efforts to improve the accessibility of the rail service for the riding public, particularly the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

To recall, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade earlier called for the immediate repair of all defective LRT-2 station escalators and elevators and the blacklisting of erring suppliers.

“The LRTA’s top priority is to ensure that everyone, especially the mobility-challenged train riders — the elderly or senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) — can easily move around its stations and board its trains,” LRTA said in a statement.

The 17.69 kilometer-long LRT- 2 line has 13 stations from Recto in Manila to Masinag in Antipolo City. The LRT-2 has an estimated daily ridership of 300,000 people.