If you’ve been working in Manila for quite some time now or simply traveling to the city for regular errands, then chances are you’ve been using the LRT-2 as your primary mode of transportation. After all, it’s the fastest way to get around and escape the constantly congested thoroughfares of the country’s capital city. 

And as a regular user of the rail transit system, you’ve probably familiarized yourself with LRT-2’s different aspects, specifically its stations, the interior of its cars, and how it feels to ride the train during rush hours. But even so, there’s bound to be things about the rail line that you’re completely unaware of. 

To give you a better picture of the LRT-2, we’ve curated a handful of facts about the mega transport infrastructure, which you can scroll through below. 

  • It celebrated its 18th anniversary this 2021. 

The construction of the LRT-2 broke ground in 1996—12 years after the LRT Line 1 was opened to the Filipino public. It was completed in April 2003 and was inaugurated by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 

  • It used to be called MRT-2 or Megatren.

Though now known as LRT-2, the rail line used to be called MRT-2 or Megatren. This is because the line is not a ‘light rail’ but rather a ‘heavy rail’ train system, owing to its usage of multiple electric units instead of light rail vehicles. 

  • It was financed by Yen Credit Packages (YCP) from the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF) in Tokyo.

To build the LRT-2 Project, an estimated Php 25.7 billion was used.   

  • Its operation is being overseen by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). 

The day-to-day operation of LRT-2, as well as its maintenance, is being handled by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).

  • It serves hundreds of thousands of passengers daily. 

Before the pandemic affected commute in Metro Manila, LRT-2 was serving an estimated 200, 000 passengers daily. 

  • The rail line opened new stations this year. 

On July 5 this year, LRT-2 opened two new stations in its east area, specifically the Marikina-Pasig and Antipolo stations.

  • Further expansions are in the works. 

Besides the East Extension Project, which was opened in July this year, LRT-2 will be further expanded westwards. Three new stations are expected to be built namely Tutuban, Divisoria, and Pier 4. The project is expected to be completed by 2021. 

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