LRMC, Maya launch QR-based ticketing system for LRT-1

LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), in partnership with No. 1 digital banking app Maya, launch today a groundbreaking milestone in the modernization of railway transportation in the Philippines with the implementation of LRT-1 QR Ticketing system. 

Commuters can now conveniently purchase their single journey LRT-1 QR ticket using the LRMC’s ikotMNL app, a first-of-its-kind in the Philippine railway industry that empowers commuters with better access to train information, and the Maya app by scanning the generated QR ticket at the dedicated QR terminals located at all LRT-1 Stations — making the process quick, seamless, and hassle-free.

“The LRT-1 QR Ticketing project marks a significant milestone in public transportation, where everyone can enjoy faster, safer, and more convenient digital transactions. This end-to-end digitalization represents a turning point in modernizing our transportation system and promoting digital payments on a wider scale,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Maya, and LRMC.

LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso

“Building around our company core values of innovation and customer focus, LRMC is pioneering this technology for the railway sector in partnership with Maya and AFPI. We take pride in spearheading this effort as a crucial first step towards accelerating digitalization in public transport. Through this initiative, we are empowering our LRT-1 passengers with more options so that they can commute more conveniently. We remain steadfast in our commitment to improve the commuter experience and make rail an attractive, affordable, and sustainable transport solution,” said Juan F. Alfonso, President and CEO of LRMC.

“We’re proud to introduce this pioneering end-to-end digital ticketing solution for our transportation sector, in partnership with LRMC. This integration offers a fast, seamless, and hassle-free solution to the commuting public. On top of promoting digital transactions, this contactless approach fosters public health and safety — crucial in our present times,” said Shailesh Baidwan, Maya Group President and Maya Bank Co-Founder.

In photo (L-R): Ms. Bella Santos Managing Director and Officer-in-charge, Payments and Currency Development Sub-sector of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Maya Group President and Maya Bank Co-Founder Mr. Shailesh Baidwan; Light Rail Manila Corporation President and CEO Mr. Juan F. Alfonso; and Ms. Cynthia Hernandez Public-Private Partnership Center Executive Director.

Commuters can easily purchase LRT-1 QR tickets via ikotMNL app. Through Maya Business, Maya enables the ikotMNL app to accept digital payments from Maya, other e-wallets, banks, credit, debit, prepaid card, and soon, QR PH. QR tickets generated are valid for 24 hours from the date of purchase and can be used at all LRT-1 stations from Baclaran to Roosevelt and vice versa. 

Here is a simple step-by-step guide for IkotMNL app:

  1. Open your ikotMNL app and click the beep QR Ticket button.
  2. Choose the LRT-1 route. Select route, direction, starting and destination point.
  3. Proceed to payment. Select mode of payment: e-wallet, debit card, credit card
  4. Save or download QR ticket. This will be generated once payment is confirmed.
  5. Scan the QR ticket at the AFCS gate – QR reader before LRT-1 ride.

LRT-1 QR tickets may also be purchased through the Maya app by navigating to the Services section and selecting the LRT-1 tile under the Lifestyle category. Maya is offering one free LRT-1 ride per month per customer in the form of cashback vouchers. Passengers simply need to purchase their QR tickets within the Maya app to enjoy this benefit until August 31, 2023.

LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo 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). For more updates and information on LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at, Twitter at @officialLRT1, or download the ikotMNL mobile app for free from Google Play and the App Store.

Maya is the only all-in-one digital banking platform in the Philippines with the most comprehensive payments ecosystem. Maya is powered by the country’s only end-to-end digital payments company, Maya Philippines, and Maya Bank, a digital bank supervised by the BSP. Visit and for more information. Follow Maya at @mayaiseverything on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok and @mayaofficialph on Twitter.

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