Heads up, commuters.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Light Rail Transit Line 2 spokesperson Hernando Cabrera has announced that the train may potentially resume full operations in two to three months, instead of the nine months initially communicated.
A fire broke out between Katipunan and Anonas station on October 4, causing the train line to suspend operations between its Santolan and Anonas stations. Earlier estimates for the repairs pegged the timeframe to nine months.
"Right after the incident, we were not able to fully appreciate and make [an] assessment of what were the damaged parts of the rectifier unit," said Cabrera. "Based on the worst
case scenario that we had, we estimated that if we are going to buy a new unit, it
would take us around [a] minimum of nine months."
Here's some good news, though.
"But after that, we were given clearance by the Bureau of Fire Protection, [and] we are now making a thorough assessment of the damaged assets. And based on the latest finding from our technical personnel, if we are going to do a component replacement instead of doing a full unit replacement, we might be able to bring down the timetable to two to three months only instead of a nine-month minimum."
LRT-2 resumed partial operations from its Araneta Center-Cubao to its Recto station beginning October 8.
On-demand app-based motorcycle taxi service Angkas has been offering free rides to commuters along the route of the train from Santolan station to Recto station (and vice-versa). To accommodate more passengers, LRT-2 also updated its service hours beginning October 14 to start an hour earlier.