LOOK: LRT 1 pillars turn into vertical gardens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 11, 2020   •   224

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has transformed two Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) concrete pillars in Manila into green vertical gardens.

The two pillars are located at the Central Station and Manila City Hall along Natividad-Lopez St.

According to a Twitter post of LRT-1, the vertical gardens are made of assorted bird’s nest fern, manaog ka irog, and philodendron heartleaf to help fight air pollution.

This is seen to improve the aesthetic appeal of the concrete pillars.

“This vertical garden initiative, a first for the City of Manila, is in support of Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso’s planned 1,600 hectares of green space to make Manila’s environment healthy and livable again,” the post reads.

The LRMC and City of Manila will share the responsibility of maintaining the plants.—AAC

LRT-2 shuts off air conditioning system due to volcanic ash

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transport (LRT) Line 2 management has temporarily shut down the train’s air conditioning system to prevent damage to the trains due to ash fall as a result of the recent eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

On its Twitter account, LRT-2 added that windows will remain closed to prevent the riding public from exposure to volcanic ash that is harmful to health due to its sulfur content.

Train service remains on normal operation at LRT2 as well as at LRT Line 1 and MRT-3.

Meanwhile, the number coding scheme has already been suspended on Monday.

This means vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are allowed to travel in Metro Manila streets throughout the day.

Also, all flights have already been cancelled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as early as Sunday (January 12).

Cancellations remain in effect “until further notice,” according to authorities.

READ: DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

LRMC launches Ikot MNL mobile app for LRT-1 riders, tourists

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Tuesday (November 19) launched Ikot MNL – a mobile app for LRT-1 riders and tourists.

Ikot MNL provides real-time information about train arrivals and departures, fare information, crowd volume, and other advisories.

Passengers can also send their queries or complaints through the app. Tourists can also get information about famous tourist spots around Metro Manila.

LRMC CEO Juan Alfonso said that the app can provide a seamless journey of passengers.

“At least pagdating niya sa station alam niya kung ilang minutes dadating iyong train. Also let’s say pwede siyang pumili between two stations makikita niya iyong mas hindi crowded (At least [the passenger] can determine how many minutes before the train arrives. They can also choose between two stations depending on which is less crowded),” he said.

Alfonso also wants to assist commuters during the holiday season, especially with expected traffic congestion.

“Pwede tayong magkaroon ng tips kung saan pwede mag-Christmas shopping, for example Doroteo Jose station. Second is also iyong schedules natin we’ll be constantly updating iyong schedules (We can provide tips on where to Christmas shop, for example, in Doroteo Jose Station. Second our schedule, we will be constantly updating our schedules),” he added.

However, the LRMC has admitted there are still a few things to fix regarding the app including the accuracy of the real-time train situation.

Ikot MNL is available in IOS and Andriod devices. It can be downloaded through Playstore and Google Play.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

LRT-1 operating hours extended for holiday season

Robie de Guzman   •   October 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The service hours of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) will be extended in observance of the holiday season, its operator announced on Thursday.

In a statement, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said the operating hours of the LRT-1 will be extended from October 25 to December 31, 2019.

The LRMC said that during weekdays, the last trip leaving Baclaran station will be at 10 p.m. while the last train from Roosevelt station will depart at 10:15 p.m.

On weekends, the last train is scheduled to depart from Baclaran station at 9:30 p.m., and Roosevelt station at 9:45 p.m.

The holiday season is here!🎄🎊🎁 Make sure you’re guided by our train service schedule effective October 25, 2019 until…

Posted by Light Rail Manila Corporation on Thursday, 24 October 2019

“We are extending the LRT-1 operating hours to accommodate the influx of passengers during the holiday rush. We continue to listen and find ways on how to better serve the needs of our customers,” LRMC Chief Operating Officer Enrico Benipayo said in a statement.

There will be no changes in the first trip for both northbound and southbound trips of LRT-1 which start at 4:30 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

On December 24, the LRT-1’s operating schedule will be from 4:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On December 31, the line will operate from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LRT-1 will also be open to ferry passengers on December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020.

The LRMC advised the riding public to be guided accordingly on the changes in schedule and plan ahead during this period.

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