19 November 2019, MANILA, Philippines — Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator of LRT-1 train line, has officially released the brand-new and free ikotMNL mobile app featuring a convenient one-stop information for commuters and tourists traveling along the route of LRT-1 in Metro Manila.
The ikotMNL app, available for both iOS and Android devices, equips passengers to plan their trips and commutes ahead. The app’s core features include real-time train arrivals and departures, fare information, crowd monitoring in twenty stations of LRT-1, tourist spots, safety reminders, passenger advisories, news and announcements, a chat box for customer service assistance and a feedback form to help improve train service and passenger experience.
LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso emphasized the value of innovation in LRMC. “This is the first railway and tourism app in the Philippines. We constantly look for modern ways to change the way we move people and this ikotMNL app is an innovative tool to delight our passengers with a comfortable, safe, and convenient experience when riding the LRT-1.”
The ikotMNL app also promotes local tourism with detailed directions on tourist spots near LRT-1 stations and information about partnered local tour operators who are more than willing to show tourists the best places for sightseeing and great spots to dine and shop in Manila.
According to Alfonso, promoting local tourism in the nation’s capital is made easier with the help of ikotMNL app. “We are excited to be part of tourists’ Manila adventures with ikotMNL app and the LRT-1,” he said.
The beauty of the ikotMNL app comes with its unified purpose of being an urban mobility app, transport app, and eventually, a lifestyle app—all in one package.
“We’ve spent a considerable amount of time and effort into making the ikotMNL app the best it can be and this early, we already have more features in mind to add to the app. It is our way to keep improving it so that those who have downloaded and yet to download the ikotMNL mobile app may continue to enjoy using it,” said LRMC Corporate Communications Head Jacqueline Gorospe.
The future upgrade plans for the app include partnership with beep card and QR codes for fares and tie-ups with merchants.
So whether you’re a daily LRT-1 commuter or just looking to take a much-needed trip to the best of Manila, download ikotMNL for free on the App Store or Google Play and start traveling better! Te’na, tren na!
LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).