by Mayee Gonzales, on category "Lifestyle"
August 23, 2019
The Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 (LRT-1) is one of the major public transportation systems in the Philippines. Launched in December 1984, the line consists of 20 stations, linking the cities of Pasay, Manila, Caloocan, and Quezon City. Serving more than 800,000 passengers each day, the government is planning to extend the rail line and buy more train wagons to keep up with the growing number of commuters in Metro Manila.
Discover and be familiar with LRT-1 stations to help you with your daily commute.
Baclaran is the first station of the LRT-1. Located in Pasay, the terminal sits at the center of Baclaran Market, making it one of the busiest LRT-1 stations in the metro. It is also a transportation hub serving buses from Las Pinas, Paranaque, and Muntinlupa.
Named after historian Epifanio de los Santos, EDSA is a known transfer point for commuters taking the MRT line. It is close to many provincial bus terminals such as Victory Liner and Philtranco, heading to Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon respectively.
Also known as Arnaiz station, Libertad is the last LRT-1 station located in Pasay City. Commuters headed to Cuneta Astrodome or the US Embassy should alight this line.
Going to Makati City? Gil Puyat is your LRT-1 station. Strategically located in the midst of Buendia and Taft Avenue, Gil Puyat is a transport hub for commuters headed to Laguna, Batangas, Lucena, Manila, and SM Mall of Asia.
Vito Cruz is particularly popular to La Salle and CSB students as it is located in front of their campuses. One of the busiest LRT-1 stations, this point serves Malate residents as well as students and employees coming from Makati City.
Like Vito Cruz, Quirino station also serves most of the Malate area. The above-ground terminal is a meeting point for commuters headed to San Andres street.
Also known as Herran station, Pedro Gil is the 7th LRT-1 station when headed to Roosevelt. Located at the corner of Taft Avenue and Pedro Gil Street, you can find a mix of students and employees in this station due to its strategic location.
Many government offices and national landmarks are located close to United Nations or UN Avenue. Several colleges are also nearby, making it a popular transportation hub for students and professors.
If you wish to experience old Manila, alight Central Terminal, an LRT-1 station located in the heart of Ermita. Also known as Arroceros, this station is close to Manila City Hall and Manila’s University Belt. Commuters who would like to take the Pasig River Ferry should also alight this line.
Do you regularly go to Quiapo church? Or maybe you like dining in Escolta? If you answered yes to any of the two questions, then you’ve probably been to Carriedo station. Located in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Carriedo station is the only LRT-1 terminal with a canopy roof.
Doroteo who??? Named after a local hero, Doroteo Jose is an aboveground LRT-1 terminal located in Sta Cruz, Manila. It is close to many provincial bus lines serving Pampanga, Pangasinan, Bataan, Tarlac, and Benguet.
There’s not much to visit near Bambang station, unless you’re headed to the University of Santo Tomas. It is also close to private hospitals such as Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center and San Lazaro Hospital.
Another LRT-1 station located in the Santa Cruz district is Tayuman. Commuters frequent this terminal as it is closest to Dangwa, a wholesale flower market in Sampaloc, Manila.
Named after Ferdinand Blumentritt, a close associate of national hero Jose Rizal, Blumentritt station caters to most of Sampaloc, Manila. Jeepneys and taxis stop at this station, while a PNR station can be found nearby.
Planning a trip to Caloocan or Tondo? Take the LRT-1 and alight Abad Santos station. This terminal serves both cities, with jeepneys and tricycles just below the terminal.
Ricardo Papa or R. Papa is the last LRT-1 station in the city of Manila. Found in Rizal Avenue Extension, commuters headed to La Loma Cemetery typically alight this line.
5th Avenue is the first LRT-1 station located in Caloocan city. It is right beside 5th Avenue or C-3 road, where the station got its name.
Located in the southern part of Caloocan, Monumento is one of the most famous LRT-1 stations for commuters going to Quezon City. It houses the Bonifacio Monument (hence the name), which is one of the country’s most famous landmarks.
One of the latest additions to the LRT-1 is the Balintawak station. Launched in March 2010, this station serves passengers going to and from northern Luzon, serving both Quezon City and Caloocan City.
Roosevelt is the last terminal of the LRT-1. Also known as Munoz station, the terminal was launched in October 2010 as part of the government’s Line 1 North Extension Project. It links to Waltermart North EDSA as well as Jackman Plaza Munoz.
The LRT-1 may be safer and more convenient than the MRT, but we’re still looking forward to a major upgrade soon. Are you a regular passenger of the transportation system? What are your thoughts about the different LRT-1 stations? Let us know below.