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Manila LRT Yellow Line

Manila LRT Yellow Line
Stations 18
Operational 1984
Length 15 km (9.3 miles)
Station distance (m) 825
Daily passengers 350,000 (2004)
The Manila LRT Yellow Line is the first metro line of the Manila Light Rail Transit System. Presently, the line contains eighteen stations and runs over fifteen kilometers of fully elevated track. As the name implies, the line is colored yellow on all LRT maps.

The line runs in a general north-south direction, linking the cities of Caloocan, Manila, Pasay, and Paranaque. Passengers can transfer to the Purple Line at Doroteo Jose station, while passengers can transfer to the Blue Line at EDSA station.

Before the launch of the Strong Republic Transit System, the Yellow Line was known as LRT Line 1, shortened to LRT-1, or the Metrorail. However, the yellow color of the line dates back to its opening in 1984.


Street alignment

Main Line of Yellow Line

The Yellow Line 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) before ending at the corner of Rizal Avenue Extension and EDSA.

South Extension

In the future it will take Quirino Avenue (Road from Paranaque to Bacoor) then at the side of Seaside Drive then to the Coastal Road then it will take the side of the street of Kabihasnan to Quirino Avenue (again) to its extension, General Emilio Aguinaldo Avenue from Las Pinas-Bacoor Boundary of Zapote Bridge to Niog.

North Extension

In the future, it will take the Monumento Rotunda by turning right to EDSA up to Diliman in Quezon City.

Map and stations

Future plans

Yellow Line Southern Extension

A southern extension of the Yellow Line, also known as LRT-6, is proposed. The extension has 10 stations over some 11.7 kilometres and will be the first line extending outside the Metro Manila area with the line ending in Bacoor in Cavite. An unsolicted bid to conduct this work from Canada's SNC-Lavalin was rejected by the Philippine government in 2005. In 2006, the government is working with advisers (International Finance Corporation, White & Case, Halcrow and others) to conduct an open-market invitation to tender for the extension and a 30-year concession to run the extended LRT-1 line.

The following stations compose the Southern Extension:

The line would be extended from Parañaque City southwards, connecting Las Piñas City and the municipality of Bacoor in Cavite to the LRT network.

Yellow Line North Extension

A proposal to extend the Yellow Line from Monumento to North Avenue has been made, replacing the Phase 2 extension of the Manila MRT Blue Line which was long delayed. The project is one of the priority railway projects of the government and aims to close the MRT-LRT loop by 2010.

The following stations compose the Northern Extension:

Further extensions

Further extensions of the Yellow Line are planned. The line would be extended from Bacoor, connecting the municipalities of Imus and Dasmariñas in Cavite to the network.

Incidents and accidents

Date Station Event
December 30, 2000 Blumentritt On Rizal Day, a Yellow Line car 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 Hambali, Asia's most wanted man, and the late 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, with al-Ghozi receiving 17 years in prison due to the illegal possession of explosives. However, al-Ghozi would die in a firefight after attempting to escape from prison.
May 5, 2005 Doroteo Jose Lea Aquino Ababa of Pasay City gave birth to a baby girl inside Doroteo Jose station on her way to Fabella Memorial Hospital for a checkup, the first time a baby was born and the first time an LRT passenger gave birth inside an LRT station. She was named Dorotea, after the name of the station.
May 24, 2005 Vito Cruz A fisherman, later identified as Rolly Buenafe of San Pedro, Laguna, jumped off a moving LRT train headed northbound and landed on the tracks. After that incident, he was then subsequently hit by a southbound LRT train, with the man being dragged under the train until the train stopped at Vito Cruz station at about 3:00 pm. LRTA employees then took him to Philippine General Hospital, where he suffered from massive head injuries and eventually died at 8:00 pm. Police say it was an apparent suicide after his wife left him for another man.
August 17, 2005 Vito Cruz In a report by the Philippine Star on August 18, 2005, another man, later identified as Angel Moran, was either pushed off or jumped off a moving LRT train, landing on the tracks. He was then hit by another LRT train. LRTA officials called a code yellow alert and brought the man to the Ospital ng Maynila. As of press time, the man was in critical condition.
September 9, 2006 Pedro Gil Thousands of passengers were stranded after faulty brakes on one southbound LRT train forced operations from Monumento to Baclaran to be suspended. In order to stop the train, power had to be cut to the entire line and as such the train had to be pulled to Baclaran to be inspected and repaired. Train operations resumed after a few hours.
April 3, 2007 Vito Cruz Train operation from Monumento to Baclaran were temporarily shut down around 6:30 p.m because of a man who committed suicide by jumping down from the 26th floor of a nearby condominium and subsequently getting crushed by a southbound train. Train operations resumed after 7:25 p.m.
August 26, 2007 Blumentritt A lone gunman mounted on a motorcycle reportedly shot security guard Rod Navarro of the Kaizen Security Agency at around 1:00 pm on the head, killing the guard on the spot. A motive has yet to be established for the killing of Navarro.
December 18, 2007 Libertad 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.
January 3, 2008 Baclaran 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.
July 17, 2008 Libertad Train operations were limited from Monumento to Gil Puyat when fire broke out in a 4-story commercial building beside Libertad station at around 2:00 am. Normal operations resumed in the afternoon after the fire was controlled.

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