MANILA, Philippines ? A new station of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) opened at Roosevelt, Quezon City on Friday to service over 3,000 more commuters in the city.
The Roosevelt station will run through Munoz, Projects 6 and 8 and connect the LRT trains to the Metro Rail Transit trains that traverse Edsa.
Present at the opening on Friday were Transport undersecretary for Rails Glicerio Sicat, undersecretary for Public Information Dante Velasco, LRTA Administrator Rafael Rodriguez, Deputy Administrator and Engineer Emerson Benitez.
The new LRT station is expected to increase the ridership of the LRT 1, which traverses the Baclaran to Monumento route. Current ridership of the LRTA is at 500,000 daily, said LRTA spokesman Hernan Cabrera.
The new station will be fully operational by 12 noon and the fare from Baclaran to Roosevelt is at P20. Travel time from Baclaran to Roosevelt is less than an hour.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez said two more trains would be deployed to accommodate the passengers of the new station that is equipped with escalators, elevators, closed circuit television cameras, and other amenities.
The opening of the new station is part of the "closing the loop project," which aims to connect all the country's mass transit system.
The project involves the construction of a 5.7-kilometer elevated line seamlessly from Monumento Station of Line 1 to North Avenue Station of Line 3 with three new stations namely, Balintawak, Roosevelt and Common station.
On March 22, the Balintawak Station opened to the public with an average daily ridership of 14,670 as of this October.
The North Extension project is expected to be completed by the last half of 2011. The entire project costs around P9 billion.