IkotMNL Mobile App Launced for LRT-1 Riders

Metro Manila’s mass transportation system has definitely a lot of room for improvement. But aside from the main infrastructure, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator of LRT-1 train line, is exerting efforts to further improve rider travel experience – one way is through the recently launched IkotMNL Mobile App!

IkotMNL Mobile App

From last year’s ikotMNL concept launch with the ‘amazing race‘ type of tour, this year, LRMC 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.

Juan Alfonso
Mr. Juan F. Alfonso, LRMC President and CEO on the new ikotMNL Mobile App;  The press conference was held at Islas Pinas in Pasay City

Available for both iOS and Android devices, the ikotMNL App equips passengers to plan their trips and commutes ahead.

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,” shares LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso, emphasizing the value of innovation in LRMC.

ikotMNL Mobile App
The ikotMNL Mobile App gives passengers useful information like train departures and arrivals, crowd monitoring in stations, train fares, and trains service hours, among others.

The app’s core features include the following:

  • 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
  • a feedback form to help improve train service and passenger experience

Tourism, Shop, & Food Trip!

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.

ikotMNL Mobile App
ikotMNL Mobile App Launch: LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso (center) leads the ceremonial launch of the ikotMNL mobile app, the first ever railway and tourism app in the Philippines. Joining him are LRMC Communications and Customer Relations Head Jacqueline Gorospe (left) and LRMC Head of Information Technology Randy Sac (right).
ikotMNL Press Conference
ikotMNL Press Conference @ Islas PInas: LRMC officers answer questions from the media about the ikotMNL app.
L-R: Event host Justin Quirino, LRMC Head of Information Technology Randy Sac, LRMC Communications and Customer Relations Head Jacqueline Gorospe, LRMC Innovation Manager Amelia Ponio, and LRMC Business Development Manager Kelly Tan.

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 #ikotMNL app will serve as a daily guide for commuters in and around Manila. It also aims to further drive tourism and exposure to Manila’s most important heritage and commercial destinations that are easily walkable from the LRT-1’s 20 stations.
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Jonel Uy of “Lets Go Sago!” at the launch of ikotMNL in 2018

Future upgrade plans for the app include partnership with beep card and QR codes for fares and tie-ups with different 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!

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Congratulations to LRMC on this newest innovation with the LRT-1 riders in mind. We hope more transportation groups and hubs will have the same initiatives to improve pubic experiences with the use of technology!

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