LRT Cavite on track to start operations by Q4 of 2021
THE mounting of piles as foundation for the Cavite extension of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) started over the weekend, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.
In a statement yesterday, the department said LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) kicked off the piling works on Sunday, which covers the first phase of the Cavite extension from Redemptorist station to Dr. Santos station.
With the development, the DoTr said it is on-track to get the first phase of the LRT-1 extension operational by the fourth quarter of 2021.
The P64.9-billion LRT-1 Cavite Extension project aims to add an 11.7-kilometer segment from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite to the existing 18.1-kilometer train line. It will have eight stations, namely: Redemptorist, MIA, Asiaworld, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote and Niog.
The first phase of the extension — for which piling works begun — covers the seven-kilometer stretch of the first five stations from Redemptorist to Dr. Santos. The right of way for this segment has already been awarded to the concessionaire.
The remaining stations from Las Piñas to Niog are scheduled for completion in 2022, a year after the first phase opens.
“To speed up construction, piling works will be done simultaneously in up to five different areas where right of way is made available,” the DoTr said, noting it is working closely with the Metro Manila Development Authority, Light Rail Transit Authority and the local government of Parañaque City.
Once the Cavite extension opens, the DoTr expects the daily ridership of LRT-1 to increase to 800,000 from 500,000 at present, and reduce the travel time from Baclaran to Bacoor to 25 minutes from the current one to two hours.
LRMC is the joint venture of Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd. It holds the P65-billion, 32-year contract to operate LRT-1 and build its extension to Cavite.
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