LRT-1's Mobile App is Here to Improve Our Commute Experience
by Sherry Tadeja, December 23, 2019 3:00pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Both the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) are two of the fastest rides to get to Manila and its neighboring cities especially if you dread road traffic jams the most. However, we can’t deny our train systems’ mishaps and inconveniences. Good thing, all of it can now be just an unpleasant memory as the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) launches ikotMNL, a free mobile app with one-stop information when going around Manila aboard the LRT-1.
Here are the app’s features to make your commute easier:
Real-Time Train Arrivals and Departures
No more second-guessing or tapping your foot impatiently at the platform as ikotMNL lets you see real-time train arrivals and departures per station. This leaves you to calculate your travel hours to make it on time before your preferred train arrives.
LRT first-timers would find this feature most useful as the app makes it easier for them to calculate their travel costs for a single journey ticket or how much to load their beep cards.
LRT-1, like all other rail services in the country, has its peak hours. And oftentimes, it’s at an unpredictable rate. Thankfully, ikotMNL’s crowd monitoring feature shows the situation per station. Watch out if it’ll be in “light”, “moderate”, or “heavy.” Plan your strategy from there on!
ikotMNL promotes safety when riding LRT-1 trains so LRMC dedicated a whole safety reminder section on the app to serve reminders. It’s a helpful tool to train first-timers and a friendly refresher for those who seem to forget common safety rules.
One of the app’s highlights is its promotion of local tourism through detailed directions on the tourist spots near LRT-1 stations. The app shows partner local tour operators who can show Manila to tourists, whether it’s sightseeing or bringing them to ideal spots to shop and dine. Think of it as your mobile tour guide!
LRMC knows the app is a work in progress, so they provided a feedback feature and chatbox for commuters to leave their suggestions to improve the app. Plans to upgrade the app—beep card functions, QR codes for fares, tie-ups with merchants—are also in the works.
With commute and tourism all in one mobile app, ikotMNL can be the next lifestyle app for all Manileños!