LRMC eyes LRT 1 station improvements

21 October 2015, MANILA, PHILIPPINES – In preparation for the delivery of new trains, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) today disclosed that all 20 passenger stations of the existing LRT Line 1 system will be improved to enhance accessibility, safety and security of commuters.

LRMC President and CEO Jesus P. Francisco said, “When government brings in new light rail vehicles (LRVs), we expect passenger traffic to increase; thus, the need to make sure
that the stations are ready to handle the expanded capacity.” The plan, he said, is consistent with its commitment to provide better service and giving commuters the best station environment as possible.

The Station Improvement Project will start with Doroteo Jose Station, the interchange terminal of LRT Lines 1 and 2 in Sta. Cruz, Manila. After the improvements, it is expected that stations will be well-lit and organized to allow better passenger flow.

Construction for Doroteo Jose Station is targeted to start on December 2015.

In March 2016, the two biggest stations, Central and Baclaran, and three smaller stations, R. Papa, Abad Santos, and Gil Puyat will follow. The rest of the 14 will start in May and August 2016.

“The Station Improvement Project complements our plan to enhance passenger safety, comfort and convenience and is aligned with our objective of improving the efficiency of the LRT1 system.” Francisco said.

LRT Line 1 currently accommodates a daily average of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City.

LRMC took over operation and maintenance of LRT Line 1 last September 12. It will also be responsible for the construction of the 11.7-kilometer extension from the present end point at Baclaran to the Niog area in Bacoor, Cavite.

The extended rail line is expected to help increase the capacity of LRT 1 from 500,000 to 800,000 passengers daily and benefit more than four million residents in the southern part of Metro Manila and of Cavite.

LRMC launches full assessment of LRT 1

01 October 2015, MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Two weeks into the operations of LRT Line 1, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has embarked on an assessment of the trains, substations, tracks and passenger terminals to determine the extent of work needed to improve light rail service for approximately 400,000 passengers daily.

LRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Jesus P. Francisco said the company is prioritizing the baseline requirements for passenger safety and convenience. “The priority is to bring back more light rail vehicles (LRVs) on the line to reduce the customers’ waiting time,” he stressed. “We also need to improve the condition of the rails in preparation for the time when we can bring up the trains up to speed.”

As part of LRMC’s system-wide review, the assessment of the power supply system, line and catenary system, signaling, and telecommunications is also being undertaken. “Together with DOTC and LRTA, LRMC will work to complete the full assessment of Line 1 as soon as possible,” he added.

Earlier, the company has disclosed plans to upgrade the passenger terminals, including facilities such as escalators and elevators – all 32 of which across the stations will be repaired and overhauled. Already, the company has started with the restoration of lighting at all passenger terminals for enhanced passenger safety.

“LRMC is committed to passenger safety and convenience which are the foremost objectives of our partnership with the Government,” Francisco explained. “Expanding the capacity of the trains to lessen waiting time means refurbishing existing trains and purchasing new ones to complement the Government’s acquisition of new LRVs which we hope will come as per DOTC and LRTA’s timetable.”

LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL).

On October 2 last year, LRMC signed a Concession Agreement with the DOTC and LRTA for the P65-billion LRT 1 Cavite Extension, Operation & Maintenance Project which is part of the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of the Philippine Government to accelerate infrastructure.

LRTA operated LRT 1 until September 12, 2015, when it was turned over to LRMC. LRT 1 was originally constructed in 1981 with 18 stations from Baclaran to Monumento. Full commercial operations started in May 1985. A further 5.7-kilometer and two additional stations were added to the existing line at the northern end, with full operation from Baclaran to Roosevelt commencing October 22, 2010.

Official Statement

In response to the recent statement of Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya on September 4,
2015 regarding claims by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to the
Department of Finance (DOF) for the LRT 1 Project, LRMC clarifies that we have not made any
claims to the Government at this time.

Our focus is on taking over the existing system (Effective Date) on September 12, 2015.

The Concession Agreement outlines the obligations of the Grantors and the Concessionaire. If
there is any shortfall, the extent and magnitude of such shortfalls will be determined after
Effective Date. Any funds from the Government to LRMC will be used to improve the efficiency,
safety and overall riding experience of the Filipino public.

LRMC remains committed to expand the capacity of the trains to lessen waiting time. We will
refurbish existing trains and purchase new ones for the comfort of the passengers. To further
improve the safety of the riding public, we will replace the entire track system. We will
rehabilitate all the stations to improve the overall ridership experience. Finally, we will extend
the track by 11 kilometers from Baclaran to Niyog, Cavite to increase the reach of this mode of
transportation to a larger population.

LRMC is taking over a 30-year old train system. Improvements will not happen overnight but we
and our 1400-strong team of Filipino engineers, train drivers and tellers will work rigorously to
alleviate the pain points of the riding public.


LRT Line 1 Concession Agreement Signed

02 October 2014, Manila, Philippines – Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holding’s Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd (MIHPL), today signed together with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) the Concession Agreement for the P65-billion Light Rail Transit line 1 Cavite Extension and Operations & Maintenance Project.

LRMC was formally awarded the project by the DOTC and LRTA after the consortium of MPLRC, AC Infra and MIHPL submitted the lone bid with a premium of P9.35 billion.

Signing the 32-year Concession Agreement on behalf of LRMC were Messrs. Jose Ma. K. Lim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., and John Eric T. Francia, President and Chief Executive Officer of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp.

Sec. Joseph Emilio A. Abaya signed the agrement on behalf of the DOTC and LRTA as Grantors under the Concession Agreement.

Witnessing the signing were Messrs. Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Corporation, Michael Rodriguez, Managing Director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, DOTC Assistant Secretary Jaime Fortunato A. Caringal and Undersecretary Cosette V. Canilao, Executive Director of the Public Private Partnership Center.

Under the Concession Agreement, LRMC will operate and maintain the existing LRT Line 1 and construct an 11.7-km extension from the present end-point at Baclaran to the Niog area in Bacoor, Cavite. A total of eight new stations will be built along this route, which traverses the cities of Paranaque and Las Pinas, up to Bacoor, Cavite. LRMC will invest P35 billion in the project.

The extended rail line is envisioned to help ease the worsening traffic conditions in the Paranaque-Las Pinas-Cavite corridor. It is also expected to enhance commercial development around the rail stations.

The International Finance Corporation, the Development Bank of the Philippines, Pinsent Masons LLP, and C&G Law (Gatmaitan, Yap, Patacsil, Gutierrez and Protacio) acted as transaction advisers to the Grantors in the bidding of this project.

Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala said, “We are very pleased to reach this milestone on this important infrastructure project. The LRT Line 1 is a vital component of our city’s transport network that will help ease the pressures brought about by the increasing development around the city. As we assume the responsibility for the operations of the train line next year, we hope to be able to deliver in due time a much improved riding experience that is safe and efficient for our daily rail commuters.”

Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan remarked, “An efficient transport system is a catalyst for growth and an extended LRT 1 running all the way to Bacoor will generate growth along the corridor. The LRT 1 has been in operation for over 20 years and today’s event brings forth the beginning of a new age for Metro Manila commuters. MPIC with our partners Ayala Corporation and Macquarie Infrastructure with Bouygues Travaux and Alstom behind LRMC, together with proven expertise of RATP Dev, a global metro operator, look forward to providing an improved and extended LRT 1.”

“We stay firm on our commitments to deliver a safe, reliable, and world-class rail system comparable to commuter railway hubs in our region and bring value for what commuters pay for. These will encourage more people to opt for the LRT1 as their preferred mode of commuting and thus relieve the increasingly heavy traffic routes, rising fuel prices and concern for air pollution,” Pangilinan added.

Mr. Michael T. Rodriguez said, PINAI is excited to be a part of this landmark infrastructure project with our partners Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Ayala Corporation. LRT Line 1 is an ideal investment for PINAI and offers significant long-term socio-economic benefits.

LRMC has forged partnerships with three leading French companies to deliver a world class rail transit system. Both Bouygues Travaux Publics and Alstom Transport are well known for their impressive track records in constructing mass rail transit systems in France and other parts of the world. RATP Group, operator of the Paris Metro, has been tapped as LRMC’s technical partner.

Following the signing of the Concession Agreement, the Grantors and LRMC are expected to complete certain requirements and obligations before LRMC officially takes over the existing operations, which is scheduled no later than one year from the signing of the Concession Agreement. (ENDS)