Public transport in Metro Manila

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Public transport in Metro Manila is provided by light rail, rapid transit, commuter rail, bus, jeepney and taxi.

Rail services[edit]

System map of the Manila LRT and MRT (current as of July 2015)

As of 2008, there are two different rapid transit systems in Metro Manila: the Manila Light Rail Transit System, or the LRTA System, and the Manila Metro Rail Transit System, or the MRTC System. The Green Line (LRT-1) and the Blue Line (LRT-2) form the LRTA network, while the Yellow Line (MRT-3) forms the MRTC network, with 29 stations on the LRTA and 13 stations on the MRTC . Four more lines are proposed and would connect Metro Manila to the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal upon their completion.

Current line name New line name
Manila LRT Line 1 (LRT-1) Green Line
Manila LRT Line 2 (LRT-2) Blue Line
Manila MRT Line 3 (MRT-3) Yellow Line
PNR Southrail Orange Line

LRTA system[edit]

A third generation LRT-1 train heading to EDSA Station
LRT-2 Train approaching Katipunan Station.
see main article: Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT-1 and LRT-2)
Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 (Green Line/LRT-1)
Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (Blue Line/LRT-2)

Manila Light Rail Transit System has two lines, the Green Line that runs along the length of Taft Avenue (R-2) and Rizal Avenue (R-9), and the Blue Line that runs along Ramon Magsaysay Blvd (R-6) from Santa Cruz, through Quezon City, up to Santolan in Marikina and Pasig.

MRTC system[edit]

MRT-3 Train approaching Ayala Station.
see main article: Manila Metro Rail Transit System (Yellow Line/MRT-3)

The Manila Metro Rail Transit System has a single line, MRT-3 or the Yellow Line.

Commuter rail[edit]

Philippine National Railways (PNR) operates a commuter line that serves a region from Metro Manila south toward Laguna. PNR, a state-owned railway system of the Philippines, was established during the Spanish Colonial period. It used to provide services on Luzon, connecting northern and southern Luzon with Manila. In 1988 the railway line to northern Luzon (Northrail) became disused although plans to revive the northern line (Northrail) have been proposed. Services on the southern line (Southrail) continued throughout the 90s, but were halted as a consequence of damages caused by typhoons Milenyo and Reming. After a short revival, services to Bicol from Manila were halted again in 2012. The national government plans to reopen the line to Bicol in the future.

The Commex and Metrotren services serve as the backbone of Metro Manila's regional rail services. Trains have various frequencies and can be seen (and heard) running throughout the day. Blue and orange-painted General Electric locomotives attached with Commex or Metrotren cars of the same colors can be seen especially by those driving on the South Luzon Expressway. Some of these trains have a white band with "NORTHRAIL" written on the bottom, which indicates that it is a northbound rail service, rather than the more common southbound rail service.


Manila has many metrobus companies such as Erjohn & Almark, Baclaran Metro Link and AC Trans. These use Japanese buses (especially Isuzu or Nissan Diesel) converted to Left-hand drive. As such, the rear and emergency doors are swapped.


A Jeepney in Manila.
see main article: Jeepney

Manila's distinctive local style of shared taxi.