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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

LRMC increases LRT-1 speed to 60KPH.

LRT 1 Train Speed at 60 KPH

  Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has secured a safety certification from a reputable international testing facility that the LRT-1 can now lift the restriction of 40 kilometers per hour (kph) and safely run at a faster speed.

 

The LRT-1 will run at a maximum speed of 60 kph beginning April 5, 2021 as LRMC has completed all relevant improvement activities needed for the 36-year-old railway system. This will result in a shorter trip time from Baclaran to Balintawak (vice-versa) and increase the daily number of trips made by LRT-1 trains. The reduced travel time will allow passengers to reach their destinations in the soonest possible time.

 

  The LRT-1 system is designed for a maximum service speed of 60 kph, but the speed was reduced to 40 kph in 2011 due to the deteriorating condition of its tracks and uncertainties in the railway subsystems such as rolling stock (railway vehicles), power distribution, and signalling system. When LRMC took over the operations and management in 2015, it has invested PHP 11.6 billion for the rehabilitation, restoration, and upgrade of the existing system. Recognizing the importance of maximizing LRT-1’s operational capacity, LRMC embarked on a project to increase the service speed by tapping an international partner to assess, perform verificatory tests, and identify the corrective works needed to be in agreement with European standards.

  

  LRT-1 has resumed its operations after the Holy Week shutdown from March 31 to April 4, 2021 for the line’s annual preventive and maintenance works. LRT-1 will follow a new service schedule starting April 5: Northbound train (4:30AM to 9:15PM), Southbound train (4:30AM to 9:30PM). The shortened operating hours will allow LRMC to perform further safety and integration tests for the new Generation-4 train sets.

 

  For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, Twitter at @officialLRT1, or download the ikotMNL mobile app for free on Google Play and App Store.

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