Bicycle riders may now bring along their foldable bikes along inside Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 trains.
According to Ian Cruz’ report on “24 Oras” on Monday, the implementation of social distancing measures inside trains has opened up more space for riders and their bicycles.
“Malaking pagbabago kasi maluwag na e. Ngayon puwede ko nang isakay ‘yung foldable bike… ‘yun nga lang pila,” commuter and biker Elmer Sabulao said.
However, commuters had to wait over an hour and a half in line before finally boarding the train.
Only 158 passengers are allowed for each train set that has a 1,100-person capacity.
“Nag-adjust ka ng oras ng gising mo saka ng oras ng alis mo ng bahay tapos gano’n pa rin, ang hirap kasi ang haba ng pila ta’s ang tagal. Hindi mo pa alam kung pag-uwi mo ng bahay mamaya, may dala kang virus o wala,” one commuter said.
LRT authorities urged the public to purchase stored value cards to avoid spending more time at the cash register.
Meanwhile at the LRT2, authorities observed a much lower volume of passengers.
“Ang tantiya ko kanina, parang lumalabas bawat isang minuto, isa lang ‘yung dumarating na pasahero so hanggang umalis ako doon kanina, mga bandang pasado alas nuwebe na yata, talagang kaunting-kaunti ang pasahero na dumarating sa istasyon at sumasakay ng tren,” Atty. Hernando Cabrera from the LRT Authority said. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LDF, GMA News