Good News People of the Philippines! Two stations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 that were closed after a freak accident involving two trains in February this year is finally reopened yesterday April 11.
Balintawak and Roosevelt stations is now fully operational.
LRTA Administrator Rafael Rodriguez said they allotted ample time for the refresher and re-training of all train operators in Line 1, and re-orientation on safety driving policy to keep them from figuring in rail-related accidents.
If you still recalls last Feb. 18, two LRT trains collided at the reversing track at the LRT-1 in Quezon City. An investigation showed one of the drivers was texting when the incident occurred.
On Rodriguez’s orders, the LRTA management instituted additional safety measures to prevent similar or related incident in the future.
These cover the modification of virtual switch which provides additional safety mechanism in the operations of trains and placement of train inspectors and dispatchers, who shall oversee the train movements from Monumento to the reversing site at Roosevelt Station.
The two stations are part of the North Extension Project that will link LRT-1 and MRT-3 through a common station which is expected to be completed next year.
So what are you waiting for? Avail of the LRT Roosevelt and Balintawak services now na! Enjoy the LRT!