Vito Cruz LRT Station
|Manila Light Rail Transit System|
Vito Cruz Station
|Location||Taft Avenue (near P. Ocampo Street)
|Owned by||Light Rail Transit Authority|
|Line(s)||LRT Line 1|
|Opened||December 1, 1984|
Vito Cruz LRT Station is a station on the Manila LRT (LRT-1). Like all other LRT-1 stations, Vito Cruz station is above-ground. The station serves Malate in Manila and is the first station from Baclaran and the last station from Roosevelt to lie within Manila city bounds. The station takes its name from the former Vito Cruz Street (now Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street), which was named after a former alcalde mayor of Pasay ca.1871.
The station is the fifth station for trains headed to Roosevelt and the sixteenth station for trains headed to Baclaran. The station is near some major landmarks, such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas complex, the Harrison Plaza and University Mall shopping centers and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, where some of the sports in previous Southeast Asian Games were played. The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex is near this station as well. Located in this complex is the CCP Main Building, the Philippine International Convention Center, Folks Arts Theater, Manila Film Center and the Harbour Square.
The station is also close to some educational institutions, such as the main campus of Arellano University, De La Salle University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and St. Scholastica's College. The station is also near Manila's main pelota court, where all of the city's jai-alai games were played.
Vito Cruz station is notorious for its unusually high number of suicide attempts. As a result, the LRTA has imposed a "speed limit" on trains entering stations to deter the number of successful suicides.
Buses serving the Taft Avenue route, taxis, jeepneys and cycle rickshaws stop in and around the station. Some destinations, such as St. Scholastica's College, are within walking distance from the station. There is also a Philippine National Railways station of the same name, although the station is far from the station, requiring a commute from the station.
|Platform A||← LRT Line 1 towards Roosevelt|
|Platform B||→ LRT Line 1 towards Baclaran →|
|L2||Concourse||Faregates, Ticket Booths, Station Control, shops|
|L1||Street Level||De La Salle University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, University Mall|