Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) is now preparing to resume its commercial operations through the implementation of health guidelines set by the government in anticipation of the possible easing of the lockdown in Metro Manila in the next few days.
Juan F. Alfonso, who sits president of the company, said his group will comply with the directive of the Department of Transportation to implement health and safety guidelines for both passengers and employees of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 amid the continued increase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country.
“We look forward to serving once again our passengers who rely on the LRT 1 for their daily commute. We are committed to keeping you safe and giving you peace of mind as you ride our trains and return to your routine. Now more than ever, we appeal for your cooperation as we all face this new normal,” he said in a statement over the weekend.
Measures to be implemented in all stations and train coaches include requiring everyone to wear protective gear, such as masks, thermal scanning, physical distancing, placement of sanitation facilities, and using hand-held metal detectors for security purposes. Passengers are also encouraged to use their beep cards instead of buying single journey cards to lessen the risk of contamination.
Trains area also scheduled to be disinfected per trip, and commonly touched areas such as booths, ticket vending machines, handrails, mobility facilities, and platform benches will also be cleaned every 30 minutes.
Reminders and safety instructions from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization will also be plastered and shown in the screens and trains to remind passengers of physical distancing and health protocols to avoid contracting the virus.
Alfonso added that his group encourages passengers to check the train line’s mobile up to plan their trips and get updates. The app may also be used to send concerns about Covid-19.
Operations of the train system have been suspended since March 17 due to the imposition of lockdowns brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.