LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC), the private operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), said on Wednesday that passengers may start hiring Angkas to and from its five designated stations on July 1, with a promotional discount in the first three rides.   

“In an exclusive promotion, LRMC has designated select LRT-1 stations… as official pick-up and drop-off points for commuters taking Angkas,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. 

LRMC said the goal of its partnership with Angkas (DBDOYC, Inc.) is to provide a “seamless and convenient journey” for commuters. 

“Angkas passengers riding to or from participating LRT-1 stations can avail of a P15 discount (valid for 3 rides) when they use the following codes to book either as pick-up or drop-off areas: Baclaran (LRT1BCLN), EDSA (LRT1EDSA), Gil Puyat (LRT1GPYT), Pedro Gil (LRT1PGIL), and Monumento (LRT1MNMTO).” 

LRMC said the discount will be automatically deducted from the final fare. Promotion period will be from July 1 until Oct. 31. 

LRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Juan F. Alfonso said: “Through this partnership, we are promoting the use of public transport as an efficient way of going around Metro Manila.” 

“As we continue to upgrade the transportation system in Metro Manila, we have the opportunity to work together and integrate different modes of public transport for a seamless and convenient experience,” he added. 

George I. Royeca, Angkas co-founder and chief transport advocate, said: “We always look forward to working hand in hand with the government and private sectors so we can give commuters the support they need especially in important transit points like the LRT1.” 

“This is another big step towards inclusive mobility and economic recovery,” he said. 

LRMC is a joint venture of Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd. It holds the P65-billion, 32-year contract to operate LRT-1 and build its extension to Cavite. 

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