LRT-2 extension seen to be operational by April

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) — Commuters will be able to gain access to rides on the Light Rail Transit Line 2 through two new stations starting in April, an official said Saturday.

During the Laging Handa briefing, Light Rail Transit Authority Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said they are aiming to make the new stations—one in Emerald, Marikina and another in Masinag, Antipolo—up and running by April 26.

"Sa April 26 po gumagana na 'yung dalawang stations," he said.

[Translation: By April 26, the two new stations will be operational.]

The opening of the ₱2.27-billion LRT-2 East extension project was originally set for the first quarter of 2019 but it encountered delays, according to the Department of Transportation.

Construction of the new stations began in 2017, seeking to connect the current railway from Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag.

According to DOTr's website, the new stations have a capacity of 80,000 passengers daily. Before the pandemic, the LTR-2 catered to 240,000 passengers.

On Friday, the LRT-2 also reopened its Santolan, Katipunan, and Anonas stations, more than a year after the operations were suspended due to a fire.

Cabrera said the railway's rehabilitation project is ongoing.

"Ina-upgrade natin ang physical infrastructure ng LRT-2, pati escalators," he said.

[Translation: The upgrade of the physical infrastructure of LRT-2 is continuing, including its escalators.]

Cabrera also said the reopened three stations would be equipped with equipment to support the government's push for cashless payment.