Would you believe that I have never taken a ride on the 13.8-kilometer LRT-2, also known as the Megatren or the LRT Purple Line? Well, the main reason is because I take private transportation to and from work and secondly, I travel north-south and not east-west as is the general direction of LRT-2. It’s a pity since LRT-2 is the Philippines’ best mass transportation system. The trains are fully automated (there are no train drivers), the coaches are very spacious, the stations are handicapped-friendly (with lots of auditory/tactile cues as well as accessible ramps and elevators), and there are automatic ticket vending machines at the stations.
Basing on pictures and first-hand stories, it seems that LRT-2 is at par with the best in the world. I really, really love the railway systems of Tokyo, Japan (you can read my blog post about it) and I expect nothing less from LRT-2. So I had resolved to try riding the LRT even if I would just go from Gateway Mall in Cubao to Katipunan (you gotta try out the subway station) and back.
So for this post, I’ll be featuring the LRT-2 depot in Santolan, Pasig City. I haven’t tried the LRT-2 system but I’m quite sure that virtually all of my readers haven’t been to the depot either. So we’re now on equal footing here. Ha!
Anyway, the depot is located to the south of the Santolan Station and branches off from the main tracks very near the station. The depot is where all trains of the system are parked, cleaned, and maintained. This is also where the LRT-2’s Operations Control Center (OCC) is stationed and where the employees’ quarters and offices are located. The whole depot compound is one of the four packages that was bidded out to contractors, the other three being the system foundations and supports; the guideways and stations; and the electro-mechanical subsystem, rails, and train coaches.
Finally, here’s some more useful (?) trivia: The LRT-1 (Yellow Line) and LRT-2 are both operated by the Light Rail Transit Authority, a government-owned and controlled corporation, while the more popular MRT-3 (Metrostar/Blue Line) is operated by the Metro Rail Transit Corporation, a private company and the original contractor of the system under a build-operate-transfer agreement with the government’s transportation department.