THE construction of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) extension to Cavite is scheduled to begin next month, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.
“We are starting in April the actual construction of LRT-1 Cavite Extension connecting Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite,” the DoTr said in a statement on Monday.
It said the target is to complete the project by the fourth quarter of 2021. Once the extension is up and running, passenger traffic on LRT-1 is expected to increase to 800,000 from the current 300,000.
The construction of the 11.7-kilometer LRT-1 Cavite extension is part of the government’s concession agreement with Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), which has been operating the train line since September 2015.
LRMC is a joint venture of Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd. Aside from the Cavite extension, its P65-billion, 32-year agreement with the government also involves the rehabilitation of the 21-kilometer LRT-1 line from Roosevelt, Quezon City to Baclaran, Parañaque City.
The Cavite extension will cover eight new stations from Baclaran: Redemptorist, NAIA Avenue, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote and Niog.
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By Denise A. Valdez
March 4, 2019