LRT-1 ‘Christmask-themed’ train unveiled

Published December 7, 2020, 10:41 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has unveiled a pandemic-themed LRT 1 train with a giant mask and face shield for Christmas.

The design is meant to remind commuters to do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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Posted by Light Rail Manila Corporation on Monday, December 7, 2020

Each side of the train shows images of different frontliners from the medical field, security, and service sectors, as a tribute to those who kept the country running during the pandemic.

LRMC distributed safety kits to LRT-1 passengers at the Baclaran Station during the launch of the special LRT-1 Christmask-themed train.

The train also bears the Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat campaign logo of the Taskforce T3 (Test, Trace, Treat), a multi-sectoral public-private consortium of companies and organizations working with government to boost businesses while ensuring consumers’ health and safety.

“LRMC always comes up with a meaningful theme for our seasonal themed trains project,” said LRMC president and CEO Juan F. Alfonso.

“The COVID-19 pandemic hit the country hard, and we know that this year’s
Christmas celebration is going to be very different from what we’ve all been used to.

But even COVID cannot take away Christmas season and its meaning to all of us.

“We hope to reinforce the commuting public’s sense of safety by showing how LRMC continues to ensure that they always come home safely by riding the LRT-1.”

One way to do that, added Alfonso, “is by constantly reminding people to wear masks and face shields properly on top of our existing best in class safety measures.”

Since resuming operations during the GCQ period, LRMC has implemented health and safety measures to ensure passenger and employee safety such as complying with the government’s directive of “No Face Mask, No Face Shield, No Entry” policy.

Other measures include diligent temperature checks with Forward Looking Infrared thermal scanners in six major LRT-1 stations.

Proper ventilation is assured with fresh air exchanged every three minutes and filtered in the ACU system.

LRMC likewise installed disinfection mats, impermeable plastic barriers on train seats, regular chemical disinfection complemented by UVC disinfection of all trains and stations; and strict crowd control.

LRMC was the first to implement the “no-talking and no answering phone calls” policy inside the trains. It has pioneered the use of digital and mobile technology via its ikotMNL mobile app for information dis semination, convenient trip planning, and contact tracing of passengers.

The LRT-1 also promotes safety in the stations by encouraging commuters to use Beep Cards to avoid lines and overcrowding.