MANILA, Philippines — Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1) operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) is set to inaugurate on Monday, February 6, the improved Doroteo Jose Station which will serve a daily average of 27,000 passengers interconnecting to LRT-2.
Doroteo Jose station is the pilot for the company’s P500-million Station Improvement Project, which will include the enhancement of passenger exchange and the advertising environment
LRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Rogelio L. Singson, said, “With the increased number of light rail vehicles and additional commercial trips, the Station Improvement Project is another significant component to improve the efficiency of the LRT-1 system for the safety, comfort and convenience of around 450,000 passengers daily across all 20 stations.”
The Station Improvement Project covers the redesign, structural repair, replacement of lighting fixtures, repainting, restoration of elevators and escalators, and general cleaning of LRT-1 stations. Refurbishment of Doroteo Jose began in December 2015. Other stations have since followed, including EDSA, Central, Gil Puyat, Pedro Gil, United Nations, R. Papa, and Abad Santos.
According to Singson, the stations need to be able to handle the current demand, resulting from operational and engineering efficiencies in progress since the company assumed operations and maintenance of the system in September 2015.
Along with the inauguration of the new Doroteo Jose station, LRMC is also set to open the LRT-1 exhibit that pays tribute to National Artist for Architecture, Architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa . Mañosa designed the LRT-1 stations in the early 1980s, during the time of the train line’s construction.
The exhibit is LRMC’s way of honoring LRT-1’s design legacy as well as educating the public on LRT-1’s roots. It will feature the design sketches of Architect Manosa, a scale model of the train, and news clippings and other information which were culled from the collection of the National Artist himself.