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LRT Photo, Manila, Philippines

LRT currently has two lines in operation:

LRT Line 1 starts daily at 5am and last train at 9pm from Baclaran Station bound for Monumento, southbound last train 9:30pm from Monumento Station for Baclaran.

MRT Line 2 Monday-Friday 5am-10pm, weekends 6am-8pm.

System Route Map

Fare structure to view its current price structure. Single journey (SJ) tickets only was available at the ticket booths which were mobbed with people waiting to buy a ticket, refillable stored valued(SV) were not available when we went to purchase tickets for our rides and could not really hear nor understand each other if you wanted more information other than just paying for your ticket(s). Security guard at the fare gates will make a brief, light inspection for weapons prior to entering through the paid area.

The LRT/MRT is nicely air conditioned but constantly packed with passengers. Exiting at your destination are also packed with people waiting to pass through the fare gate.

I don't know how they expect this system to accommodate passengers with baggage, in their future LRT link with CRK - Clark International Airport by 2017, when the system can barely accommodate only passengers within Manila.

They really need a more expansive network of lines and increased capacity. The LRT is really needed here in Manila as the jeepneys and other vehicles are straining the public roadway to capacity and mass transit rail is the desperately needed relief and the future for high capacity transit. But it still feels chaotic going through as a foreigner. Relief from the pollution of diesel fumes and soot coming out of my nose daily from breathing its air, respiratory problems solutions from the air pollution are badly needed.

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