We’ve heard that all-steel San Sebastian Church in Manila has been newly painted. So last Sunday we went to hear mass in our country’s Gothic basilica. We took the LRT Purple Line on our way to San Sebastian Church. Our travel time from Katipunan to Legarda stations only took us less than 20 minutes.
Unlike the LRT Line 1 and MRT, the Manila LRT Purple Line use heavy rail metro vehicle which means the cars passing the elevated tracks are larger than the ones passing on the first two train systems. As the name suggests, the predominant color of the cars and stations are purple.
The LRT Purple Line links the cities of Manila, San Juan, Quezon City, Marikina and Pasig. This makes traveling from east to west of Metro Manila conveniently fast. It only takes about 30 minutes to travel from the terminals in Santolan and Recto and that includes the loading and unloading of passengers into the eleven stations in between the terminals.
Passengers can walk on the connecting bridge and transfer to the LRT Yellow Line in Recto, which runs from Monumento to Baclaran while passenger can transfer to the Blue Line which runs from North to Taft Avenues at Araneta Center Cubao station.
A four kilometer extension of the LRT Purple Line to Masinag Junction in Antipolo City has been proposed yet still pending before the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). It is envisioned that the line would be extended as far as Manila North Harbor and farther east as Cogeo in Antipolo City.