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Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1

LRT Line 1
LRT-1 Blumentritt 2011.jpg
TypeRapid transit / Light metro
SystemManila Light Rail Transit System
LocaleManila, Philippines
Daily ridership500,000 (2018 average) [1]
WebsiteLRT-1, LRMC
OpenedDecember 1, 1984[4]
OwnerLight Rail Transit Authority
Operator(s)Light Rail Manila Corporation
RATP Dev Transdev Asia
Rolling stockBN and ACEC 1st Generation LRV
Hyundai Precision and Adtranz 2nd Generation LRV
Kinki Sharyo and Nippon Sharyo 3rd Generation LRV
Track length19.65 km (12.21 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Minimum radius170 metres (560 ft) Mainline – 25 metres (82 ft) Depot[6]
ElectrificationOverhead lines
Operating speed40–60 km/h (25–37 mph)
Route map

North Avenue
 MRT3  MRT7 
5th Avenue
R. Papa
Abad Santos
Doroteo Jose
Central Terminal
United Nations
Pedro Gil
Vito Cruz
Gil Puyat
Manila International Airport
Asia World
Ninoy Aquino
Dr. A. Santos
Las Piñas
proposed extension
Daang Hari
Congressional Avenue
Governor's Drive

The Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 is the first metro line of the Manila Light Rail Transit System. Presently, the line contains twenty stations and runs on 19.65 kilometers (12.21 mi)[7] of fully elevated route. The line is colored yellow (old) and green (new) on all LRT maps.

The line runs in a general north-south direction from Baclaran to Monumento; then, it runs in an east-west direction from Monumento to North Avenue, linking the cities of Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Pasay, and Parañaque. Passengers can transfer to the Line 2 at Doroteo Jose station, while passengers can transfer to the Line 3 at EDSA and North Avenue stations.

The Line 1 was known for many names such as LRT Line 1, shortened to LRT-1, Yellow Line, Green Line (2012), or the Metrorail. However, the yellow color of the line dates back to its opening in 1984.

On October 12, 2014, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), a joint venture company of Metro Pacific's Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd.(MIHPL), signed a concession agreement with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) for the operation and maintenance of LRT Line 1 and the construction of a PhP 65 billion extension project to Bacoor, Cavite.[8][9] LRMC, in turn, contracted the operation and maintenance of the line for 20 years to RATP Dev under its subsidiary RATP Dev Transdev Asia, a joint venture between Transdev and RATP Dev.[10][11]. The 32-year concession started on September 12, 2015.


Technical specifications

  • Name: Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1
  • Concession holder: Light Rail Manila Corporation
  • Operator: Light Rail Manila Corporation
  • Length: 19.65 km + 11.7 km (Cavite Extension)
  • Concession starting date: 2015
  • Concession ending date: 2047
  • Stations: 20 + 8 (Cavite extension)


The old Main Line Route Map inside a 2nd generation LRV
The Updated Main Line Route inside a 3rd Generation LRV along with other interchange from LRT Line 2 and MRT Line 3.

The Line 1 is predominantly aligned to the path of Taft Avenue (Radial Road 2), which was chosen largely due to its straight length. Later on, as Taft Avenue ends, it shifts to Rizal Avenue and Rizal Avenue Extension (Radial Road 9) then turning right at EDSA or Circumferential Road 4 (C-4 Road) before ending at the corner of North and West Avenues and EDSA.


A first generation LRV approaching Carriedo station.

Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 serves 20 stations along its route. A twenty-first station is yet to be constructed.[12] Eight stations, which are part of the LRT-1 South Extension Project, are also set to be constructed south of Baclaran.

A previously proposed station, Malvar station in Caloocan, was proposed during the construction of the northern extension, and became a barganing object during its construction, and has since been shelved by the current administration.

Name Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between stations From Roosevelt
North Avenue
Common Station
Metro Manila Subway
Quezon City
Roosevelt 0.000 none
Balintawak 1.870 1.870
Monumento 2.250 4.120 Caloocan City
5th Avenue 1.087 5.207
R. Papa 0.954 6.161 Manila
Abad Santos 0.660 6.821
Blumentritt 0.927 7.748 PNR MSC
Tayuman 0.671 8.419 none
Bambang 0.618 9.037
Doroteo Jose 0.648 9.685 LRT-2
Carriedo 0.685 10.370 none
Central Terminal 0.725 11.095
United Nations 1.214 12.309
Pedro Gil 0.754 13.063
Quirino 0.794 13.857
Vito Cruz 0.827 14.684
Gil Puyat 1.061 15.745 Pasay City
Libertad 0.730 16.475
EDSA 1.010 17.485 MRT-3
Baclaran 0.588 18.073 none
Redemptorist Parañaque City
Manila International Airport
Asia World
Ninoy Aquino
Dr. A. Santos
Las Piñas Las Piñas City
Zapote Bacoor City, Cavite
Niog LRT-6
Stations in italics are either under construction, not yet operational, or have been closed.

Rolling stock

The LRT Line 1 at various stages in its history has used a two-car, three-car, and four-car trainsets. The two-car trains are the original first-generation BN and ACEC trains (railway cars numbered from 1000). Most were transformed into three-car trains, although some two-car trains remain in service. The four-car trains are the more modern second-generation Hyundai Precision and Adtranz (1100) and third-generation Kinki Sharyo / Nippon Sharyo (1200) trains.[13][14] There are 139 railway cars grouped into 40 trains serving the line: 63 of these are first-generation cars, 28 second-generation, and 48 third-generation. One train car (1037) was severely damaged in the Rizal Day bombings and was subsequently decommissioned.[15][16] The maximum speed of these cars is 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph).[17][18]

The LRT Line 1 fleet is being modernized to cope with increasing numbers of passengers. In the initial phase of its capacity expansion program completed in 1999, the line's seven four-car second-generation trains were commissioned providing an increased train capacity of 1,350 passengers while the original two-car trains capable of holding 748 passengers were transformed into three-car trains with room for 1,122.[13]

The acquisition marked the introduction of the first air-conditioned trains to the line. Earlier LRT Line 1 rolling stock was notorious for its lack of air conditioning, relying instead on forced-air roof ventilation for cooling.[19] Unfortunately, this resulted in hot and stuffy rides. The problem was addressed more fully after a preparatory rehabilitation program completed in 2001 allowed the installation of air conditioners to the older rolling stock.[20] By June 2004, all Yellow Line trains had air conditioning.[21][22]

As part of the second phase of expansion on the Yellow Line, 12 new trains made in Japan by Kinki Sharyo and provided by the Manila Tren Consortium were shipped in the third quarter of 2006 and went into service in the first quarter of 2007. The new air-conditioned trains have boosted the capacity of the line from 27,000 to 40,000 passengers per hour per direction.[14][23][24]

As of recent, the original trainsets are undergoing a body repaint and repair to address body issues and put it at par with its newer trains in terms of aesthetics. However, a majority of the second-generation trains are currently not operational due to various issues such as air-conditioning and propulsion issues, now a subject of an extensive rehabilitation program[25]. 4 of the coaches in the third-generation trains currently out of service is most likely the trainset that figured in the train collision in Roosevelt station.

LRMC has also built an in-house laboratory for production, manufacturing, fabrication and repair of train parts that are no longer available in the market.

A New Rolling Stock is awarded to the Mitsubishi Corporation and manufacturing partner CAF, together with JICA valued at P64.9 billion for 120 cars, or 30 train sets, to the LRT-1, in order to cover it's Cavite Extension, and able to service more passengers. The Train Sets will be delivered from 2020 to 2022. [26] [27]

Rolling stock First-generation Second-generation Third-generation
Image First Generation 3-car train (2004) Second Generation (1999) Third Generation (2007)
Year 1984 1999 2007
Manufacturer BN Constructions Ferroviaires et Métalliques / SA Ateliers de Constructions Electriques de Charleroi Hyundai Precision / Adtranz Kinki Sharyo / Nippon Sharyo
Model 1000 series 1100 series 1200 series
Number Built (cars) 64 built; 41 in service 15 out of service 8 decommissioned 28 built; 12 in service 16 out of service 48 built; 44 in service 4 out of service
Car type 8-axle (4 bogie) rigid body 6-axle (3 bogie) rigid body
Length 29280 mm 26500 mm (MC car w/ coupler) 26350 mm (M Car w/anti-climber/semi permanent coupler)
Width 2500 mm 2590 mm
Height(From top of rail) 3525 mm 3740 mm 3910 mm
Configuration MC-MC 59590 mm (2-car)
89370 mm MC-MC-MC (3-car)
MC-M-M-MC 105700 mm (4 car) MC-M-MC 79350 mm (3 car) MC-MC 53000 mm (2 car)
Articulation Double Single
Capacity 748-1,122 passengers (81 seated, 293 standing) 1,358 passengers (320 seated 1038 standing) 1,388 passengers (272 seated 1116 standing @ 7 passengers m^2)
Doors 1400 mm wide; Plug-type; 5-doors/side 1500 mm wide x 1900 mm high ; Interior sliding type; 4-doors/side
Traction system DC 218 Kw Chopper Type x 1 AC 125 kW VVVF Type with regeneration x 2 AC 105 kW VVVF Control with regeneration x 2
Traction power 750 V DC OCS; pantograph power connection
Body Material BI sheet Stainless steel
Ventilation Forced ventilation (pre–2003 refurbishment); 12 units/car Air-conditioned; roof-mounted duct type; 5 units/car (refurbished) Air-conditioned & Forced ventilation Dome Air Vent PowerCool BR26; roof-mounted duct type; 5 (BR26) & 4 (Kolin/Sidwal) units/car (refurbished) Air-conditioned; roof-mounted duct type; 2 units/car
Status In service; rehabilitated in 2003–2004 and 2016–present In Service


The Ridership in the LRT 1 reaches from 300,000 Passengers Daily, to as much as 500,000 Passengers Daily due to increased number of Trains, as well as Reduced waiting time of Passengers, [29] [30] having as much as 14.63 Million Passengers Monthly, [31] And aims to increase the Number of Passengers riding the LRT 1 to 800,000 as the Cavite Extension is set to be finished in 2021. [32]


South Extension Phase 1 (LRT-1 Extension)

A south extension of Line 1, also known as the South Extension Project or the Cavite Extension Project in the Metro Manila Rail Plans has been proposed and would aim to serve the areas of Parañaque to Cavite. Such an extension would take Quirino Avenue (Road from Parañaque to Bacoor) then would travel on the side of Seaside Drive to the Coastal Road, and from there would travel down the side of Kabihasnan street to Quirino Avenue (again) to its extension, General Emilio Aguinaldo Avenue from the Las Pinas-Bacoor Boundary of Zapote Bridge to Niog. The extension would add 8 stations over some 11.7 kilometers (7.3 mi) of new line and would be the second rail line extending outside the Metro Manila area (after the under construction MRT Line 7).

An unsolicited bid to conduct this work from Canada's SNC-Lavalin was rejected by the Philippine government in 2005. In 2006, the government worked with advisers (International Finance Corporation, White & Case, Halcrow and others) to conduct an open-market invitation to tender for the extension and for a 30-year concession to run the extended LRT-1 line. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo subsequently withdrew the project.

The South Extension Project will be done in phases: Phase 1 will start from Dr. A. Santos Avenue towards Redemptorist Road in Baclaran. Phase 2 will start from Dr. A. Santos Avenue towards Niog. The LRT-1 South Extension Project will consist of the following eight stations:

On May 4, 2017, the groundbreaking for the South Extension Project was held.[33] DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade projected the early completion of the project to be by 2020.[34][35]

The line would be extended from Parañaque southwards, connecting Las Piñas and Bacoor to the LRT network. The actual construction will start by first half of 2019 once the Right-of-way issues are substantially addressed. The extension From Baclaran to Dr. A. Santos Avenue is expected to be operational by late 2021 or early 2022. The extension will reach Bacoor in Cavite and is expected to be finished by 2023.

South Extension Phase 2 (LRT-6)

Another extension of the LRT-1 in Cavite has been proposed. It will be extended by another 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Bacoor to Dasmariñas with a right-of-way alignment along Aguinaldo Highway. This public-private partnership project dubbed as LRT-6 would have 6 additional stations in Cavite.

The 6 stations of the proposed South Extension Phase 2 are composed of:

Incidents and accidents


Rizal Day bombings

On Rizal Day in the year 2000, a Yellow Line train (Car number 1037) exploded near Blumentritt station as part of a series of explosions in a terrorist attack known as the Rizal Day bombings. The attack on the LRT killed some 22 people and injured hundreds. Eight members of both Jemaah Islamiyah and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which include Hambal, Asia's most wanted man, and Fathur Rahman al-Ghozi, were charged with plotting and masterminding the attacks in 2003, some three years after the attacks. Three suspects were put on trial,[36][37] with al-Ghozi receiving 17 years in prison due to the illegal possession of explosives. Al-Ghozi later died in a firefight after attempting to escape from prison. Car number 1037 is currently decommissioned, but there are plans to reconstruct it.

Suicides and births

LRT Line 1 also witnessed several cases of suicides and suicide attempts, including one case involving a fisherman, who soon died, a 41-year-old woman, who survived, and a man, who jumped from the 26th floor of a condominium building and was subsequently crushed by a southbound LRT train.[38][39][40][41] The line also witnessed births involving women who were heading towards hospitals accessible through the LRT, and the first case recorded occurred on May 5, 2005, involving a woman named Lea Aquino Ababa, from Pasay.[42][43]


Fires, mostly occurring near the line, also caused service disruptions on the LRT Line 1 on several instances.

  • Train operations from Central Terminal to Baclaran were temporarily suspended after a fire in a residential area in Pasay City forced the suspension of operations due to the proximity of one of the burning buildings to Libertad station. Operations from Central Terminal to Monumento still operated as scheduled. Full service was restored after the fire was controlled.[44]
  • Train operations to and from Baclaran were suspended because of a fire at the Baclaran Galleria shopping mall that started at around 5:00 am. Until noontime the fire was still spreading to nearby establishments, and flames even started to encroach entrance of the station. Earlier the station had to be closed because of the thick smoke coming from the fire.[45]
  • Train operations were limited from Monumento to Gil Puyat when fire broke out in a 4-story Puregold commercial building beside Libertad station at around 2:00 am. Normal operations resumed in the afternoon after the fire was controlled.[46]

Train Malfunctions

Unlike the MRT-3 that has been virtually crippled due to poor maintenance, the LRT-1 has seldom train malfunctions and has been mostly functional; however, occasional malfunctions such as line glitches limiting station travels, train malfunctions such as train doors being open while running, 'code yellow' and 'code red', cases where whole trainsets bog down in the middle of a revenue run have been reported sporadically.

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