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January 17, 2022

LRT-1 To Provide Random Antigen Tests Today As No Vax, No Ride Policy Now In Full Effect

The Light Rail Manila Corporation, the private operator of LRT-1 has announced that they will be strictly implementing the DOTr’s “No Vax, No Ride” policy starting today, January 17. However, more than just requiring the presentation of vaccination cards, the LRMC will also intensify its fight against COVID-19 by enacting enhanced safety protocols.

As a refresher, the DOTr’s “No Vax, No Ride” policy on all forms of public transport whether by land, sea, or air starts today. According to the new Department Order, it requires passengers to present vaccination cards. Unvaccinated individuals with medical conditions must present a duly signed certificate from their doctor. Those obtaining essential goods and services must present duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to support such travel.

Aside from that, the LRMC will provide free random COVID-19 antigen swab tests to passengers who give their consent or volunteer for testing. Testing sites will be located at strategic LRT-1 stations with high volume of passengers that include EDSA, Baclaran, Monumento, and Carriedo.

LRMC is targeting to have at least a total of 40 passengers to be tested from 7 AM to 5 PM. The turnaround time for the whole procedure is approximately 15 to 20 minutes per passenger. The antigen swab test will be administered by medical professionals from State Lab Clinics and Diagnostic Center. Passengers who will send themselves for testing will be given consent forms prior the procedure partnered with mandatory contact tracing requirements.

Those passengers who will test positive will not be allowed to ride the train, and will be assisted in coordinating with their respective local government unit. LRMC will be giving incentives to those passengers who will test negative with a free beep card with minimum load, in line with the company’s push for contactless payments as a safer way to travel.

In order to make riding safer, there will also be antigen swab testing among LRMC station employees, and they will undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR test once tested positive for COVID-19 virus. All LRMC employees are required to undergo daily monitoring of health conditions, which has been effective for the company in preventing workplace transmission.

For its part, the LRMC has achieved a 99.7 percent vaccination rate and 20 percent for booster shots among LRT-1 employees. The company has been awarded the Safety Seal by the Pasay City local government highlighting the company’s compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Proper ventilation is assured as trains are equipped with hospital-grade HEPA filtration and UVC system that is installed in air-conditioning units to keep indoor air fresh and clean.

Currently allowed to operate at 70 percent passenger capacity under Alert Level 3, LRMC continues to implement other health and safety protocols to strengthen public confidence in public transport such as diligent temperature checks before entering the station, “No face mask, no entry” policy, and regular disinfection. LRMC was also the first to implement the “no-talking and no answering phone calls” policy inside the trains. There are also roving train marshals and security officers to strictly enforce protocols.

LRT-1 operates daily following this train service schedule: Northbound train (4:30 AM to 9:15 PM), Southbound train (4:30 AM to 9:30 PM).

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