MANILA, Philippines - The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) announced on Monday the opening of its Balintawak station, which extends the LRT Line from Monumento by 2.2 kilometers.
According to Mel Robles, LRTA administrator, the fare from Baclaran to the new station in Balintawak costs P20.
"The new station is expected to help ease traffic congestion in the area by reducing the number of provincial buses entering Manila," he said. "Passengers can opt to take the train instead of the bus once they enter Metro Manila."
Robles said the new station would add between 80,000 to 100,000 passengers to the LRT-1's daily passenger load. The LRT Line 1's passenger load currently averages 500,000 daily.
He also announced that they expect the new Roosevelt station to open before the end of President Arroyo's term in June. The opening of the Roosevelt station would improve the efficiency of the LRT Line 1, he added.
The LRT Line 1 north extension project cost at least P6.3 billion. The LRTA aims to have a common station linking the LRT Line 1 with the Metro Rail Transit line, a project estimated to cost P7.6 billion.