LRT-1 train stalls; lines build up at stations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2018 08:11 AM | Updated as of Sep 12 2018 08:27 AM

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MANILA - (UPDATED) Several LRT-1 stations saw a build-up of passenger lines on Wednesday after a train bogged down during the morning rush hour. 

A passenger accidentally activated the warning signal of a train door, causing it to conk out at the Tayuman station, LRT-1 Operations Head Rod Bolario told radio DZMM. 

The incident forced the railway management to temporarily reduce the speed of trains to 25 kilometers per hour and later to 15 kph, from 40 kph, said Bolario.

The defective train was eventually removed while the railway's operations returned to normal before 7 a.m., LRT-1 media relations officer Roselle Gamboa told ABS-CBN News' website. 

Passenger volume, however, remained "heavy" as of 7:14 a.m. at the northbound station in EDSA and the southbound stations in Roosevelt, Balintawak, Yamaha Monumento, 5th Avenue, R. Papa and Abad Santos, the LRT-1 management said on Twitter. 

At Roosevelt station, the passenger line winded all the way down to the road. Some commuters told ABS-CBN News that they have been waiting for 30 minutes to board the train. 

Twenty-seven trains were running at normal speed as of 7:45 a.m., arriving at stations at an interval of 3 and a half minutes, the LRT-1 management tweeted.

With a report from Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News