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From 6 am-6pm only: LRT-2 shortens operating hours from April 17-30 over COVID-19 cases

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By Billy Begas

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Wednesday announced that it will shorten the operation of LRT-2 from April 17 to 30 after 273 of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

The schedule for the above mentioned days will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. During normal operations, the first commercial trip is at 5 a.m. and the last commercial trip is 8:30 p.m. (Santolan) and 9 p.m. (Recto).

Of the 1,944 personnel of LRT-2, 1,906 have been tested for COVID-19.

At present, only 56% among ticket management and sales collection personnel, around 73% among train drivers, and 68% among station personnel are working, the rest are under quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or exposure.

LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said the reduced operating hours will allow the Management to still effectively manage LRT-2 operations considering the manpower deficit and allow COVID-19 afflicted employees to recover and complete their mandatory quarantine/isolation period.

The LRT-2 has also anticipated a decline in the ridership since Metro Manila was placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

More buses will operate in Route 9 (Antipolo to Cubao) and Route 10 (Cubao to Doroteo Jose) to augment LRT-2 operations and to help accommodate affected passengers.