Selected LRT-2 Stations Scheduled to Reopen in September

The Santolan, Anonas, and Katipunan stations closed after a fire in 2019.

( Heads up, east kids: The Light Rail Transit Line 2 has set a new deadline for the revival of its Santolan, Katipunan, and Anonas stations: September 2020. This is according to Hernando T. Cabrera, spokesperson for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) in an interview with Martin Andanar, Secretary of the Presidential Communications Office.


"Ang timetable po natin ay mga end pa po ng September," said Cabrera on when the three stations will be functional once again. Should the LRT-2 be allowed to resume operations amid coronavirus restrictions—possibly when a general community quarantine is implemented in June—Cabrera clarified that the line will only service passengers from the Cubao to Recto stations and vice versa. 

This means a couple more months of waiting since a fire shut down the three stations on October 3, 2019. First, restoration works were scheduled for a span of nine months, with Cabrera stating that replacement parts would have to be imported. Stations were expected to be operational by December 2019, but that fell through. Fingers crossed this deadline won't leave us hanging when the 2020 "ber" months hit. 

Markers where passengers should stay have been put in the train cars.
PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

The LRT-2 has been prepped to maintain "COVID-19 operational procedures" for the new normal, and a simulation was carried out on May 26 to show what riding the train would be like once it reopens. Face masks, a sanitizing foot bath, temperature checks (a maximum of 37.8°C is allowed), and physical distancing are some of the measures which are required to be observed by commuters.

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