Taking the Train? You’ll Have to Add 30 Minutes to Your Commute

Workers are heading out earlier as lines are long due to the LRT-1’s limited capacity, but they’ll have to add at least 30 more minutes to their commute time as the trains are being disinfected using a UV light after every run as part of the safety measures against COVID-19.

Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) President and CEO Juan Alfonso urged passengers on June 8 to add half an hour to their estimated travel time to make room for the train disinfection and temperature checks before riding. 

Under general community quarantine, the LRT-1 runs on only 12% compared to its normal full operations before COVID-19, Alfonso said in an ANC Market Edge interview.

“The first phase is really getting the public to realize that public transport is safe,” he said.

This is in compliance with Department of Health and Department of Transportation safety protocol stating that passengers must observe social distancing, undergo temperature scans, and wear face masks while commuting in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country restarts its economy.

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According to Alfonso, LRMC worked with the government to plan Metro Manila’s two-phase approach to resuming public transport after a two-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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