LRT-1 passengers urged to use stored value tickets once operations resume

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020   •   447

MANILA, Philippines — Passengers of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) are encouraged to use stored value tickets once train operations resume upon lifting of the government-imposed enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). 

Line operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said using stored value tickets will prevent direct contact among passengers when paying for their fare. 

The management of LRT-1 is now preparing for the influx of passengers in case the ECQ in Metro Manila is downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) come May 15. 

As part of health protocols, passengers may expect strict social distancing measures at LRT-1 trains and stations. 

Only 158 passengers will be allowed each trip. 

Disinfection efforts will be a regular routine in LRT-1 stations and markers will be visible to guide the passengers as to where they are allowed to stand and wait. 

Here are the specific health and safety measures inside LRT-1 stations to fight the spread of COVID-19 once it re-opens to the public:

Passenger guidelines

  • No mask no entry.
  • Thermal screening done upon entry of LRT-1 station. Those with temperature greater than 37.6˚ C will not be allowed to enter the station.
  • Physical distancing will be strictly enforced at the stations and trains, with floor markings as guidance.
  • Passengers are encouraged to use Stored Value Cards for contactless payment.
  • Placement of foot bath or disinfecting mats in all LRT-1 station entrances.
  • Passengers will still be requested to open their bags for verification, but LRT-1 security will be using a hand-held metal detector, and no frisking will be conducted.

Increased sanitation and safety promotion

  • Alcohol sanitizer dispensers will be available at all ticket booths, while liquid soap dispensers will be available in restrooms.
  • Trains are to be disinfected upon reaching the ends of the line at Roosevelt and Baclaran stations, and deep-cleaned at the end of each day. The driver’s cab is to be cleaned before each handover.
  • Commonly touched areas such as ticket booths, ticket vending machines, handrails, elevators, escalators, platform benches, and comfort rooms will be cleaned every 30 minutes.
  • Safety video reminders from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization will be played on the LCD screens, while posters and signage will be displayed prominently at each station and in each train. Staff and train drivers shall remind passengers to follow physical distancing at all times.

Regular passengers of LRT-1 are encouraged to download the ikotMNL mobile application to be informed of recent announcements, schedule of operations and overall situation to be able to plan ahead before proceeding to the station. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

LRT-1 to shorten service hours on Dec. 24 and 31

Marje Pelayo   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) announced that it will shorten its service hours on December 24 and December 31.

In an advisory on Tuesday (December 22), the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said its stations will open on a regular schedule but will close earlier on the said days both declared as special non-working holidays under Proclamation No. 845.

The LRMC said trains will run from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. both bounds on December 24 while schedule will be from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. both bounds December 31.

Meanwhile, regular operating hours will be implemented on December 25 and January 1 and on weekends with the first train to dispatch from 4:30 a.m. (Balintawak station) and the last train leaves at 9:45 p.m. 

Likewise, the first train from Baclaran leaves at 4:30 a.m. and the last train leaves at 9:30 p.m.

This is 30 minutes earlier than the regular weekday schedule when the last train at Baclaran station leaves at 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm from Balintawak station.

Meanwhile, the train operator said Roosevelt Station will remain temporarily closed “until further notice” as construction of the government’s Common Station or the Unified Grand Central Station is ongoing.

The said common station will connect the LRT-1, MRT-3, and MRT-7.

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DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).

This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.

MRT, LRT, PNR ops suspended ‘until further notice’ due to Typhoon Ulysses – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday announced that the operations of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), both lines 1 and 2 of Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Philippine National Railways (PNR) are suspended due to the effects of Typhoon Ulysses.

In an advisory, the DOTr said the railway operations will remain suspended “until further notice.”

“We will advise resumption of railway operations once all systems checks are done and cleared,” it added.

Managers of rail lines also reiterated the announcement on their respective social media accounts and advised commuters to continue monitoring their pages for updates.

Ulysses battered Metro Manila and parts of Luzon and Visayas, bringing howling winds and torrential rains that caused widespread flooding and landslide in many areas.

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