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LRT to add more trains on Black Nazarene feast

State-run Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 1 will deploy more trains, ticket tellers, security guards and technical as well as medical personnel to assist the devotees who will ride the mass transit facility on the feast day of the Black Nazarene.

LRT Authority spokesperson Atty. Hernando Cabrera said they are beefing up their security measures and operations with the expected increase in ridership of LRT 1 every January 9.

“Our usual preparation include making sure that there will be no train breakdown and deploying more tellers, security guards, technicians and medical personnel,” he said.

Participants in the annual procession of the image of the Black Nazarene usually ride the LRT 1 and alight at Carriedo Station to get to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene at the Quiapo district in Manila.

Since the government allowed barefooted devotees to ride the LRT 1, ridership of the rail line has been recording high passenger volume every January 9. In fact, LRT 1 records show that ridership rose from 582,989 in January 9, 2009 to 612,371 in January 9, 2013.

“As in the previous years, barefoot devotees, hobbits included, shall be allowed entry to the LRT 1,” Cabrera added.

But the highest ridership was recorded in February 28, 2012 when 658,627 passengers rode the LRT 1 during the an event of the Iglesia ni Kristo at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.