Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the operator of LRT Line 1 said it will deploy more trains starting October 1 to cater more passengers ahead of the Christmas season.
With an expanded fleet composed of up to a maximum of 23 train sets deployed, a new train timetable will be implemented increasing the number of trips on weekdays from current 410 to 460 trips, and on weekends from the current 293 to 331 trips (Saturdays) and 307 trips (Sundays).
To date, a total of 7 Generation-4 train sets are already running along the main line for commercial service.
“Our transport capacity will increase by almost 10% for weekday operations and about 20% on weekends. We at LRMC are continuously thinking of ways to better serve our passengers with increased capacity and shorter waiting time,” LRMC Chief Operating Officer Rolando J. Paulino III said.
In line with the efforts of LRMC to improve its service through a continuous railway upgrade program, the company will implement adjusted LRT-1 operating hours on weekends and holidays starting 01 October 2023. On weekends and holidays, the first train is scheduled to depart from Baclaran and Fernando Poe Jr. stations at 5:00AM. The last trip leaving Baclaran Station is at 9:30PM, while the last train leaves Fernando Poe Jr. Station at 9:45PM.
On the other hand, there will be no changes in the weekday schedule of LRT-1 with the first train leaving both Baclaran Station and Fernando Poe Jr. Station at 4:30AM, while the last trip is still at 10:00PM and 10:15PM, from Baclaran Station and Fernando Poe Jr. Station respectively.
“The changes at the start of the operating hours on weekends/holidays will allow us to have more time to perform track works as part of our initiatives in upgrading the LRT-1 system,” Paulino said.
“The primary goal of these upgrade efforts is to provide efficient transportation for our dear commuters. We assure you that safety remains a top priority for LRMC,” he added.