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

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020   •   511

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 ops suspended on April 17-18, 24-25

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Tuesday announced the temporary suspension of LRT-1 operations for the next two weekends this month to give way to maintenance works.

In an advisory, the LRMC said the temporary shutdown will be implemented on April 17 to 18 and April 24 to 25.

The rail management said the shutdown will allow them to complete the remaining maintenance and rehabilitation works that started during the Lenten week break.

“The works to be carried out during this period would cover the maintenance of trains, stations, and various systems including the scheduled replacement of overhead catenary wires,” the LRMC said.

“The additional days will also accelerate the preparations needed for the commercial use of the new Generation-4 train sets in Q4 2021,” it added.

The rail management said that there will be no changes in the service schedule of LRT-1 on weekdays: Northbound train (4:30AM to 9:15PM), Southbound train (4:30AM to 9:30PM).

The Department of Transportation has confirmed the deployment of public utility buses, running on Route 17 (Monumento to EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue), to support affected commuters during the temporary weekend shutdown, it added.

The LRMC assured that it will continue to enforce its health and safety protocols, as well as comply with IATF guidelines while performing the maintenance works during this period.

 

Metro railways to operate at limited capacity starting April 5

UNTV News   •   April 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s major railways will scale-down their operations starting Monday, April 5, as train personnel continue to undergo testing for COVID-19, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Sunday.

“We should not compromise the health, safety, and security of the traveling public and our working people. That is a non-negotiable position,” DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said.

MRT-3, LRT-1, and LRT-2 will resume operations at limited capacity tomorrow, April 5, while the Philippine National Railways (PNR) is set to resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021.

MRT-3 will deploy 10 to 12 trains. Affected passengers will be assisted and served by augmenting buses running on the EDSA Carousel route.

Meanwhile, LRT-2 line will be deploying five (5) trains on its limited operations, and displaced passengers will be accommodated by existing bus routes 9 and 10.

For LRT-1, 17 trains will be deployed, and affected passengers will be accommodated by buses running on Route 17 (Monumento-EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue).

PNR will resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021, and will be deploying 10-12 trains.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has directed to ensure the isolation/quarantine of the following personnel:

  1. Those who tested positive
  2. Those who are still awaiting test results
  3. Those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases
  4. Employees exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19

With the resumption of railway operations, the DOTr and its Railways Sector assures the public that it will strictly observe the health and safety protocols, measures, and initiatives, to protect the overall welfare of the riding public and personnel, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Biyahe ng mga tren ng MRT-3 suspendido na simula ngayong araw

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Muling nagpaalala sa publiko ang pamunuan ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) na wala nang biyahe ang kanilang mga tren simula ngayong Martes, Marso 30.

Una nang inanunsiyo ng MRT-3 management na pansamantalang ititigil ang kanilang operasyon mula Marso 30 hanggang Abril 4 upang bigyang-daan ang taunang maintenance at rehabilitation activities sa linya ng tren.

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WALANG BIYAHE ang mga tren ng MRT-3 simula bukas,ika-30 ng Marso, hanggang ika-4 ng Abril 2021, upang…

Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Sunday, March 28, 2021

Kabilang sa mga aktibidad na gagawin sa linya ang pagpapalit ng mga railway turnouts o switches, pagkakabit ng mga bagong point machine, pagpapalit ng ACU Filters, at paglalagay ng CCTVs.

Kailangan ding palitan ang insulation sleeves ng Overhead Catenary System (OCS) at pagpipintura sa OCS corroded equipment, at iba pa.

Ang pagkukumpuni ay gagawin ng maintenance provider ng MRT-3 na Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.

Nakatakadang magbalik-operasyon ang MRT-3 sa Lunes, ika-5 ng Abril 2021.

Ang Light Rail Transit line 1 at 2, pati na rin ang Philippine National Railways ay una nang nag-anunsiyo ng temporary suspension ng kanilang mga biyahe para bigyang-daan ang maintenance ng mga tren ngayong Lenten week.

Samantala, bilang ayuda sa Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) na pinahihintulutang makabiyahe ngayong naka-enhanced community quarantine ang NCR Plus, sinabi ng MRT-3 na tuloy rin ang paglulunsad ng EDSA Bus Carousel Augmentation kasabay ng shutdown.

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