Gov’t open to proposal to privatize LRT-2
The Department of Transportation is open to turning over the operations and maintenance of Light Rail Transit Line 2 to the private sector after two stations of the train system were damaged by an explosion.
“Those are options. Whether it will materialize or not, only the future can tell,” Transporation Secretary Arthur Tugade told reporters when asked if he was open to privatizing LRT Line 2 amid calls from angry lawmakers and the riding public.
Operations of the Santolan and Katipunan stations have been suspended until the middle of 2020 after the fire, affecting thousands of commuters relying on the train line.
At present, LRT 2 runs only from Cubao to Recto.
The existing LRT2 is a 13.8-kilometer mass transit line, which runs across five cities in Metro Manila, namely Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan and Manila. It passes the major thoroughfares of Marcos Highway, Aurora Boulevard, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Legarda Street and Recto Avenue.