The wait is almost over! LRT-2’s two new stations are going to be available for public use this coming July 5.
The new stations are located in Marikina’s Barangay San Roque, which is close to Gil Fernando Avenue while the other one is situated in Antipolo’s Barangay Mayamot, which is in front of SM Masinag and near the Sumulong intersection.
According to LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya, they’re just completing “the signalling migration and integration works, and other preparatory activities” for the new stations.
With the Marikina and Antipolo Station in action, the number of active stations for LRT-2 has increased to 13. It now spans a total of 17.8 kilometers.
Single journey tickets from Recto to Marikina and Antipolo will cost Php 30 while stored value card users will only have to pay Php 26 to Marikina and Php 28 to Antipolo.
The new stations are expected to alleviate traffic on Marcos Highway and hasten travel time from Manila to Antipolo. It will accommodate an extra 80,000 passengers daily.
Strict health protocols will be in place once the new stations operate, a move essential in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
In preparation for the stations’ debut, test runs were conducted using the new stations last week.
Initially, the new stations were scheduled for a June 23 opening, however, it’s been delayed to next month.
The Marikina and Antipolo Stations are part of the LRT-2’s East Extension Project, which was approved in 2012 and costs Php 2.27 billion.
The LRT-2 Line is set to be expanded once again through the West Extension project. Three new stations will be added – Tutuban Station, the Divisoria station, and the Pier 4 station. The project is currently in the bidding process and is projected to be finished in 2023.
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