More LRT-2 elevators and escalators now operational

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Using the Light Rail Transit-2 will now be more convenient as more escalators and elevators have been repaired and have been put into operation, the Department of Transportation said Thursday.

The DOTr said 66 of the 72 escalators and 36 of the 40 elevators have been in working order as of May 17.

“The rehabilitation and repair of station escalators and elevators is in line with the LRTA’s efforts to improve the accessibility of the rail service for the riding public, particularly the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities,” it said.

The LRTA said its priority is to ensure that passengers, especially the mobility-challenged, would be able to move around the stations and use the trains easily.

An estimated 300,000 passengers use the LRT-2 daily.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier called for the repair of the defective facilities in LRT-2 and the blacklisting of erring suppliers.