Planning to commute during the Lenten Holidays? Take to heart the special MRT and LRT Holy Week schedules to avoid hassle.
It seems the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT-3) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT-1 and LRT-2) will take advantage of Holy Week for maintenance and check-ups of their units while most commuters are away from the city or staying at home.
If you’re planning to ride the mass transit trains during Lenten week, here are the MRT and LRT schedules and some reminders you should know:
MRT-3 (North Avenue-Taft Avenue)
Planning on commuting along EDSA riding the MRT-3? You might want to revise your plan because the train line will be closed from March 28 (Holy Wednesday) until the end of April 1 (Easter Sunday). The management would like to take advantage of the long break for their maintenance activities.
Don’t worry, MRT-3 will continue its normal operations until March 27 (Holy Tuesday), so you’ve still got time to check other options and re-route your commute. They will resume regular operations on April 2 (Monday).
Pro-tip: If your destination is along and nearby EDSA, you can consider riding the bus going to your destination. There might be less traffic since work and school are suspended.
If you are going Northbound:
The traffic flow might be smoother since people are moving out of town for Holy Week. If you’re coming from far South, you must take the SLEX and SKYWAY for an easier commute. You can also ride P2P buses from ATC and Starmall to your destination.
If you are going Southbound:
Choose buses with signboards that say Cubao Ilalim and Ortigas Flyover instead of Cubao Ibabaw and Ortigas Ilalim if you’re not going to Cubao and Ortigas to avoid the traffic zones. If you’re going to Makati, somewhere along or near Buendia Avenue and along Ayala Avenue, you can ride buses with Express Connect signs for a faster commute. You can also take the P2P buses.
LRT-1 (Roosevelt – Baclaran)
The first-ever light rail line is continuing its regular operations until March 28 (Holy Wednesday) and they are also closing their service from March 29 (Maundy Thursday) until April 1 (Easter Sunday). Their normal operations will resume on April 2 (Monday).
Pro-tip: You can ride an FX if you’re going to the Manila area. You can also ride buses from EDSA North Avenue if your destination is around Baclaran.
LRT-2 (Santolan – Recto Avenue)
For those from Pasig, Antipolo, and Manila, the normal operations of LRT-2 will continue until March 28 (Holy Wednesday) and the last train on that day will depart from Santolan to Recto Avenue at 10 PM instead of 9 PM. The last train from Recto Avenue to Santolan Station will depart at 10:30 PM instead of 10 PM.
They will also be closed from March 29 (Maundy Thursday) until the end of April 1 (Easter Sunday). The line will resume normal operations on April 2 (Monday).
Pro-tip: If you’re from Pasig and Marcos Highway, you can pass by C-5 if you are going to Ortigas, Mandaluyong, and Makati. You can ride the jeepney going to Quezon City via Katipunan Avenue.
If you’re planning to commute riding the MRT and LRT, these schedules give you a heads up to plan your trips.
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