LRT-2 partial operations eyed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2019 08:17 AM | Updated as of Oct 04 2019 08:43 AM

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MANILA - The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Friday said it plans to resume partial operations of the LRT-2 after a power transformer caught fire.

LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said they would give further details on Friday noon after they receive the investigation report of the authorities.

"Sa nakita po nating damage, definitely hindi kayang palitan ngayong araw, bukas o sa mga susunod na araw pa. Kaya matatagalan po tayo kung 'yung pag-uusapan natin ay 'yung full line operations," he told radio DZMM.

(Based on the damage we've seen, we definitely can't repair it today, tomorrow, or in the next few days. If we're talking about full line operations, it will take long.)

"Since di natin maisasakatuparan sa madaling panahon, ang objective ay kahit papaano partial operations."

(Sine we can't repair it immediately, our objective is to resume partial operations.)

Running on partial operations will, however be a "major challenge" as the LRT-2's maintenance facilities are on the other end of the line in Santolan Station, Cabrera said.

"Nakulong po ang 7 tren sa area between Recto and Anonas. Ang maintenance facilities po natin ay nasa sa Santolan, which is hindi sila makakatawid dun sa area sa Katipunan," he said.

(Seven trains were stuck between Recto and Anonas stations. Our maintenance facilities are in Santolan. They can't cross Katipunan to Santolan.)

The LRT-2 power transformer along Katipunan Avenue "tripped" and emitted smoke, Cabrera earlier said, prompting the suspension of operations.

The incident also affected the train line's signaling system, which controls the speed and distance of trains, according to Cabrera.

"Ito po yung safety mechanism natin. At alam naman po natin na pagdating sa safety system, talagang mahihirapan tayo kapag compromised ang system natin," he said.

(This is our safety mechanism. And we know we will experience difficulties if our system is compromised.)