What You Need To Know About LRT-1’s #NewNormal Operations
by Inside Manila Team, May 12, 2020 5:46pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
We are on the last week of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, but the goal of flattening the curve by mid-May is still a blur. Still, whether the government will extend the ECQ or not, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) gears up for the resumption of LRT-1 operations.
This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) released new safety guidelines for mass public transportation once the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) enforced in Metro Manila is lifted.
The Passengers’ Duties
To ensure the welfare and protection of both passengers and employees, LRT-1 private operator LRMC will implement health and safety measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 once it reopens its trains to the public.
For the passengers, each of them should wear a mask at all times. No mask, no entry. There will also be a thermal screening upon entry of each station. Those with temperatures greater than 37.6˚ C will not be allowed to enter. Authorities also strictly enforce social distancing--you can refer to floor markings as guidance.
LRMC also encourages passengers to use Stored Value Cards for contactless payment. There will be foot baths or disinfecting mats in all LRT-1 station entrances and passengers will still be requested to open their bags for verification. Security will be using a hand-held metal detector, and no frisking will be conducted.
The LRMC’s Increased Sanitation and Safety Promotion
As for the LRMC, they provided alcohol sanitizer dispensers at all ticket booths and liquid soap dispensers will be available in restrooms. They will also disinfect the trains upon reaching the ends of the line at Roosevelt and Baclaran stations and deep-clean them at the end of each day. The driver’s cab is to be cleaned before each handover.
Personnel will also clean commonly touched areas such as ticket booths, ticket vending machines, handrails, elevators, escalators, platform benches, and comfort rooms 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.
LRMC also encourages passengers to use the ikotMNL mobile app to easily get updates and announcements, plan their trips, check the LRT-1’s schedule and crowd status at the stations ahead of time. They can also relay their COVID-19 related concerns or inquiries through this mobile app.
You may also check this post for the Department of Transportation's Proposed Guidelines under the General Community Quarantine:
LRMC is working with partners to develop innovative sanitation technologies and methods to be more efficient and effective in keeping the railway safe for passengers. In addition, LRMC is looking out for its employees by providing them with face masks, hygiene supplies, regular health checks, and modified work arrangements.
LRT-1 operations have been suspended since March 17 as a result of the government’s extension of the enhanced community quarantine. Preventive and maintenance work for the line have been undertaken during this period in accordance with the IATF’s work safety guidelines to ensure improved service.