New Normal in trains, this is how it looks like
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New Normal in trains, this is how it looks like

Romar Fernando

May 27, 2020

  • It seems that the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) would be lifted in the vicinity of Metropolitan Manila after May 31, 2020. It is possible after the Metro Manila Council consisting of the mayors of the Metro Manila cities have unanimously voted that their cities should be already placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ). Their recommendation will be submitted to the Inter-agency Task Force for Infectious Disease for further validation.

    After publishing some information and guidelines about the GCQ two weeks ago, this article aims to help everybody through glimpse of what it looks like whenever Metro Manila is placed under GCQ.

    Yesterday, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), has conducted a simulation of physical distancing to be done inside and outside the stations, the system of queuing in station and in train platforms and the proper positioning while inside the train.

    Over 500 policemen were deployed to make this simulation perfect in sight and hoped that this will be maintained and sustained by both the LRTA and the riding public whenever public transportation will become available.

    Netizens have raised common concerns about the simulation such as: How does it look like during peak hours on weekdays? Will Filipinos in the cities comply with the new normal policies? How will the government’s transport department address the scarcity of train coaches? Is it a test of discipline?

    Your thoughts?

    Photos Courtesy: Rex Remitio, CNN Philippines

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