LRT vs. MRT: What’s the difference?

Speaking of traffic, I’m now considering other modes of transportation. Jeepneys are out as I get too confused about which route it’s taking. Ditto with buses. With all those email warnings I’ve received, taking a taxi now scares me, unless I’m with a bunch of people. That leaves LRT. Or MRT. I used to think they’re both the same animal being saddled with two names until someone pointed out that that there is an LRT rail while this here is an MRT rail, etc. so yeah, you can imagine how dumb I felt.

What’s the difference anyway? Is one more high-end than the other, and thus more expensive? How much exactly? Do they take different routes? If I were to go from Binondo to the Ayala Center, Makati, which one would be wiser to hop on?

Any comment, comparisons, etc., will be more than welcome. I’m already getting so excited about this that I keep having romantic visions of myself writing in a journal and taking pictures of the other passengers while riding the train. Heheh.

12 Comments so far

  1. nina (unregistered) on February 24th, 2005 @ 2:50 pm

    “romantic visions of myself writing in a journal and taking pictures of the other passengers while riding the train.”

    Riiiiight. If only all the passengers are cute. Or smells fresh out of the shower.

    MRT runs along the entire length of EDSA from North Avenue in QC up to Taft Avenue in Pasay. The old LRT is from Balintawak in Caloocan to Baclaran, and the new LRT is from uhh.. Marikina until Recto, I think.

    From Binondo, you can either take the old LRT and get off at Buendia (Gil Puyat), then take a jeep or bus to the CBD. You can also ride the old LRT up to EDSA-Taft and ride the MRT to Ayala or Buendia. There’s a walkway at the side of the Metropoint Mall from the LRT to the MRT.

    Or if you want to ride the new LRT, take it and go down in Cubao then ride the southbound MRT.

    Btw, the old LRT reserves the first car exclusively for women. Too many groping complains :( Anyway, good luck! :D

  2. Amanda (unregistered) on February 24th, 2005 @ 7:04 pm

    Wow Nina, really? (re: the first car) Do the men really follow the rule and board anyplace except the first car?

    I haven’t tried riding the LRT/MRT yet, it’s too inconvenient for me.. Good luck and tell us about it! lol

  3. anna (unregistered) on February 24th, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

    thanks, thanks, thanks sooo much for the directions, nina! they are way more detailed than i hoped. :-)

    re: groping (?!?!?!?!) i think i should bring a v. huge tote bag to cover myself with when i ride the m/lrt. heeh.

  4. anna (unregistered) on February 24th, 2005 @ 7:23 pm

    amanda: i know! was pretty surprised, too. i thought this happens only in north korea or something.

    on second thought, it’s really an ingenious and very, very cheap solution to the problem. :D

  5. nina (unregistered) on February 24th, 2005 @ 10:18 pm

    well, the men are forced to follow it.. there are guards manning the border. yup. well, senior citizens are allowed to board the female only car.

  6. xtasy (unregistered) on February 26th, 2005 @ 6:57 pm

    hhmmm…i wonder if i could pass as a senior citizen :p

  7. xtasy (unregistered) on February 26th, 2005 @ 7:02 pm

    or a female *flutters eyelids*

  8. Amanda (unregistered) on February 28th, 2005 @ 12:11 am

    @ xtasy: LOL! Work on the senior citizen instead.

    Anna: I might be riding the LRT (or is it MRT? bah) tomorrow with Angeli, if no one looks at me weird or tries to steal my phone I’ll take pictures ;)

  9. anna (unregistered) on February 28th, 2005 @ 11:47 am

    i would be forever in your debt if you would do that! :-D

    btw, angeli said something about a meetup at the podium? is that the one with paul?

  10. Dylan Gozum (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 4:46 pm

    I want to post here my blog but metblogs has banned the use of the word blog****. I can show you photos of the new LRT 2 that travels from Recto (Manila) to Santolan (Pasig). Wonderful line. Any adventure seeker worth their salt should take no second thoughts of experiencing the comfort and effeciency of this new line.

    Drop me a line in my email and i’d give the link. (just in case it works here: it’s at

  11. Dylan Gozum (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 4:49 pm

    Taking photos inside trains and the stations is banned, by the way, for security reasons. The use of a camera is banned in all light rail lines – MRT and LRT. A phonecam, however, is allowed because, well, a phone is not banned to being with. I was able to sneak a digicam during my first trip at the LRT2. Check them out at!


  12. anna l. (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 5:55 pm

    thanks, dylan. :) i’ll check out your blog asap.

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