LRT-1 shift to LED is for passenger safety as much as energy efficiency

13 December 2017, MANILA, Philiipines – Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) continues to work on improving the safety of passengers on the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) with its Php20-million shift to light-emitting diode (LED) systems on all 20 stations.

“More than the benefits of lower energy cost and the elimination of mercury-containing fluorescent lights, the LED lighting marks a big improvement in illumination quality and thus enhances safety for our passengers,” Chief Operating Officer Rodolfo Chansuyco said.

“So far, we have completed the installation of LEDs at six stations: Doroteo Jose, Abad Santos, R. Papa, Gil Puyat, Pedro Gil and UN Avenue stations,” he added. “The installation will be completed in all stations by end-2018.”

“The lighting system replacement shift is in line with our Biyaheng Better Everyday commitment to the LRT-1 passengers—a step towards a safer and better riding experience for the commuters. This is also our way of ensuring that LRT-1 stations run under environment-friendly operations, with the significant reduction in toxic elements emissions,” Chansuyco explained.

Meanwhile, LRT-1’s 106 light rail vehicles (LRVs) will also be retrofitted with the LED system starting 2018.

LRT-1 is the first and only railway system in the Philippines to have achieved the ISO certifications Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), following a two-year companywide program to improve operational efficiencies in Manila’s oldest light rail system.

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