Manila Light Rail Transit System Information
Manila Light Rail Transit System or LRT is a rapid transit system that serves the Metro Manila area in Philippines. The system has 2 lines LRT-1 and LRT-2 that serve 31 stations. The LRT-1 line began operations on 1stDecember 1984, while LRT-2 started on 5th April 2003. The total system length is 33.4 km (20.8 miles). The metro system is operated by Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) which is owned by the Government underDepartment of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). As per 2013 statistics, the system had an average daily ridership of 2.8 million passengers.
Manila Light Rail Transit System Map
Map of Manila Light Rail Transit System showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Manila Light Rail Transit System in PDF.
Manila Light Rail Transit System Hours
The metro service starts operations at 5:00 am and runs till 10:00 pm (when the last train leaves the last station) on weekdays. On weekends and public holidays, the service starts at 5:00 am and operates till 9:30 pm.
Manila Light Rail Transit System Fares
Fares can be paid by purchasing single journey tickets or through stored value cards. The fares are distance based and depend on the number of stations travelled.
For LRT-1, two types of fares are charged, depending on whether the ‘Balintawak’ or ‘Roosevelt’ stations are part of the journey or not. For journeys that do not include travel to or from these two stations, a single journey ticket for 1-4 number of stations travelled costs 12 pesos, and 15 pesos if the number of stations travelled are between 5-8, 9-12 or 13-17. If the fare is paid using a stored value card, then the stored value farefor 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17 number of stations is 12, 13, 14 and 15 pesos respectively.
For journeys that include travel to or from ‘Balintawak’ or ‘Roosevelt’ stations, the single journey ticket fare for 1-2, 3-4, 5-7 stations is 15 pesos, and for 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-18 and 19 number of stations is 20 pesos. Similarly, the stored value fare for 1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-18 and 19 number of stations is 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 pesos respectively.
For LRT-2, the fares are same with single journey or stored value ticket. The fare for 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10 stations is 12, 13, 14 and 15 pesos respectively.
The single journey tickets are valid for one journey on the date of purchase. The stored value cards are valid for six months after the first use.
Senior citizens and people with eligible disabilities can get 20% discount on stored value and single journey tickets purchased at stations. For this, they need to present their valid OSCA /NCDA ID to station tellers.
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Manila Light Rail Transit System Rules and Tips
Smoking, drinking and eating is strictly prohibited inside the metro network. The trains also have a designated section reserved for females. Special seats are also designated for people with disability, pregnant women and senior citizens. The metro service also runs special periodic schedules about which the information is given either through advertisements or the public address system.
Manila Light Rail Transit System Lines
Currently the system offers services through 2 lines. The lines are recognized by color and name.
- LRT Line 1 – Line 1 was opened in 1984 and this line is also called green line. The line runs north to south from Baclaran towards Santolan.
- MRT Line 2 – The blue line started operation in 2004 and the metro runs east to west from Roosevelt towards Recto. The total length of this line is 16.8km and the line is popularly called metrostar. Both the lines are getting extended further. MRT 4 is under planning stage and MRT 7 is under construction.
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