Manila Light Rail Transit System Information
It’s called the Manila Light Rail Transit which indicates that it is a light rail system. Despite this, the metro system has more similarities to a rapid transit system than a light rail system. Running on just 2 lines and serving 31 stations in total, the 33.4 km long network serves the people of Manila, Philippines. A very accessible means of public transportation, mainly because of its quickness and affordability, the metro has a daily ridership of roughly 1.3 million. The 2 lines in operation, opened on different days and are under different operators. Informally known as LRT, line 1 began operations way back in the year 1984, whereas line 2 began operations, relatively recently in the year 2003. Light Rail Transit Authority are both the owners as well as operators for line 2, with Light Rail Manila Corporation responsible for the operations of line 1.
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.
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.
For more information with regard to the timings, you can visit the official website at: http://www.lrta.gov.ph/index.php/2014-05-21-01-06-51/2014-05-22-01-59-03
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.
The fare is slightly different for those who purchase single journey tickets and those who use stored value cards. On the LRT line 1, a single journey ticket costs either PhP 12, PhP 15 or PhP 20, depending on the distance and number of stations travelled. The fare for those who use stored value cards is slightly different although, the price similarly ranges from PhP 12 to PhP 20, again depending on the distance and number of stations travelled.
The fare while travelling on LRT line 2 is the same for those who purchase single journey tickets and those who use stored value cards. For travelling through 1-3 stations, the ticket costs PhP 12. Similarly, travelling through 4-6 stations costs PhP 13. PhP 14 and PhP 15 are charged for 7-9 stations and 10 stations, respectively.
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.
For more information on the fares, tickets and cards, you can visit the official website at: http://www.lrta.gov.ph/index.php/2014-05-21-01-06-51/2014-05-22-02-02-41
Manila Light Rail Transit System Rules and Tips
Like most of the metro systems around the world, smoking and drinking is prohibited in the LRT as well. Eating too, is strictly prohibited within the station premises or inside the trains. It is advised to hold on to safety railing while riding the metro. Amid the crowd, it is imperative for everyone to be responsible for their own luggage along with the ticket.
For more information on the reminders/warnings one should know about, you can visit the official website at: http://www.lrta.gov.ph/index.php/2014-05-21-01-06-51/2014-05-22-02-05-41
Manila Light Rail Transit System Lines
Currently the system offers services through 2 lines. The lines are recognized by color and name. As of now, both the lines are under expansion as well.
● 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 13.8 km and the line is popularly called Megatren.