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Private operator of LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corporation , GET Philippines team up for electric vehicle service

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The partnership was formalized in a launch event held at the LRT-1 EDSA Station represented by LRMC Head of Corporate Communications and Customer Relations Jacqueline Gorospe, LRMC Head of Operations Andrea Madrid, LRMC Chief Financial Officer Jude Hilay, together with GET Worldwide Chairman Tony Olaes, GET Worldwide President Freddie Tinga, GET Philippines Managing Director Anthony Dy, and Pasay City Chief of Staff Peter Eric Pardo.

Private operator of LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) remains committed in working towards its vision of integrated mobility as it partners with Global Electric Transport (GET) Philippines, a Mobility-as-a-Service company engaged in providing a world-class, emissions-free transport system.

Under the strategic partnership, GET brings in its extensive experience in the operation of an integrated passenger and fleet management system for the shuttle service to benefit LRT-1 passengers. The shuttle service will feature the Community Optimized Managed Electric Transport (COMET) minibuses.

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COMET electric minibuses are air-conditioned, fully electric, and zero-emission, with a capacity of 30 passengers and travel range of over 100 kilometers on a single full charge. They are also equipped with on-board cameras, media system, display monitors, Internet connectivity, as well as wheelchair slot and retractable electric ramp for Persons with Disabilities.

“We are excited to be partnering with LRMC to be able to provide green and affordable transport solutions to every Filipino,” Mr. Tony Olaes, GET Worldwide Chairman, said.

For the pilot implementation, the shuttle service will be between LRT-1 EDSA Station and the Manila Bay ASEANA area with designated loading and unloading points along Macapagal Boulevard until Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). For the second phase, the route will extend from LRT-1 EDSA Station to the Makati Central Business District.

“At LRMC, we are always on the lookout on how we can better serve our passengers and make their commute more convenient. LRT-1 passengers will also get to enjoy the first end-to-end emissions-free transport system in the Philippines as both LRT-1 and COMET help in reducing carbon footprint. LRMC has made a commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, and part of this is adopting the use of digital management systems and promoting zero-emission transport solutions. Our partnership with GET aligns well with LRMC’s sustainability initiatives and is anchored on UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and Goal 13 (Climate Action),” LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso shared.

GET Philippines COMET shuttle bus at the LRT-1 EDSA Station – one of the major stops

LRT-1 passengers can experience more seamless, comfortable, and convenient transport feeder service to and from select LRT-1 stations by signing up to become members of the LRT-1 Riders Club on the GETPASS App available for download from Google Play and App Store.

Membership passes for the LRT-1 Riders Club come in the following amounts and validity of unlimited rides: Bronze – Php 50 (1 day pass), Silver – Php 150 (1 week pass), and Gold – Php 500 (1 month pass). The membership pass also provides access to ride the COMET buses in other routes within the GET Philippines network.

As a special promotional offer, LRT-1 Riders Club members can avail of FREE UNLIMITED RIDES on the COMET electric bus through the GETPASS App starting 30 March 2022 until 17 April 2022.

COMET electric buses operate from 4am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday excluding holidays.

For more updates and information on the COMET shuttle service for LRT-1 passengers, download the GETPASS App for free on Google Play and App Store, and follow LRT-1 Riders Club on Facebook at facebook.com/lrt1ridersclub

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