Female passengers to get free rides at LRT-2 on March 8

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020   •   1371

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) on Friday said women train passengers will get free rides on March 8, Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the LRT-2 said the offer is in celebration of International Women’s Day.

“Kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng International Women’s Day, may libreng sakay ang lahat ng kababaihang pasahero ng LRT-2 sa Marco 8, 2020!” it said.

The LRT-2 said women passengers can avail of free rides during the following peak hours – from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DOTr extends free train rides for vaccinated APORs until September 7

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced it will extend free train rides to vaccinated Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) due to the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila until September 7.

The free rides will cover the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) at selected hours.

Free train rides for MRT-3 and LRT -2 will be from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For PNR, it will be from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 7 p.m. onwards.

A DOTr advisory said that to avail of the free rides, vaccinated APORS who have received either their 1st or 2nd dose of vaccine should present their vaccination card and certificate of APOR status. AAC

DOTr imposes stricter protocols in transportation in areas under ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation will impose stricter health protocols in public utility vehicles (PUVs) in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said only authorized persons outside residence (APORs) as identified by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) will be accommodated by public transport services.

The department already retained the current public transport supply and capacity of 50% for areas under ECQ.

“APORs are reminded to be ready to present to transport marshals identification cards issued by the IATF or other documents or IDs as proof that they are authorized to travel,” Tugade said.

During the ECQ, public and private vehicles shall strictly observe the prescribed physical distancing and sanitary measures at all times.

For PUVs, such as buses and jeepneys are allowed to operate at 50% capacity on a “one-seat-apart” setup. Standing passengers will not be allowed, and only one passenger will be allowed at the driver’s row.

For tricycles, operations will depend on the approval of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government. If operations are allowed, tricycle passenger load shall not exceed one passenger in the sidecar.

All trains of the Philippine National Railways, LRT-1, LRT-2, and the MRT-3 will have transport marshals to enforce health protocols and to identify APORs. Trains will also be disinfected after every loop. Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board trains. Temperature checks will be done at station entrances.

Marshals would be strictly enforcing the seven commandments of public transport safety at the transport stations and terminals, and inside public transport vehicles.

The 7 Commandments for Public Transport, based on the recommendations of health experts, are:

1. Wear masks and face shields;
2. No talking and making phone calls;
3. No eating;
4. Keep public utility vehicles well-ventilated;
5. Conduct frequent disinfection;
6. No passengers with COVID-19 symptoms are to be allowed inside public transportation; and
7. Observe appropriate physical distancing (“one-seat-apart”) rule

“We, therefore, remind the riding public of the importance of stringently observing the Public Transport Health Protocols, based on the recommendations of health experts, to protect and uphold the overall welfare of the passengers, and other transport stakeholders,” Tugade said. AAC

DOTr offers free MRT, LRT rides to vaccinated passengers beginning August 3

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Vaccinated individuals will be able to avail themselves of free rides in the MRT-3, LRT-2, and the Philippine National Railways (PNR), according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

This, after DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the implementation of free rides in the mass transport system even before the start of the ECQ implementation set on August 6.

The DOTr said that from August 3 to August 20, authorized persons outside residence (APORs) who already received their first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, can avail of the free rides by presenting their vaccination cards.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will offer free coffee and snacks to vaccinated passengers while they wait for their flights. -AAC

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