Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) yesterday started to increase the maximum speed of Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) to 60 kilometers per hour (kph).
After LRMC secured a safety certification from an international testing facility to lift the restriction of 40 kph and safely run at a faster speed.
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 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, power distribution, and signalling system.
Despite the increased speed, LRMC resumed operation yesterday with 17 trains from 24 prior to implementation of enhanced community quarantine.
LRT-1 also shortened operating hours starting April 5: northbound train (4:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.), Southbound train (4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) to perform further safety and integration tests for the new generation-4 train sets.
Other rail systems in Metro Manila are also operating at reduced capacity to conduct “mass testing” after over 400 employees tested COVID-19 positive based on the results over the weekend according to Department of Transportation.
Metro Rail Transit line 3 is operating with 10 to 12 trains, LRT-2 is operating with 5 trains and PNR which set to resume operation on Friday, April 9, will operate with 11 to 12 trains.