LRT Extension Project Now 50% Complete
The Cavite extension project of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) is 50% complete.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), “As of November 30, this long-awaited and highly-anticipated rail extension of LRT-1 is now halfway, with 50.54% overall progress rate.” Last April 30, the project was only 38.7% complete.
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan in a statement said that the first station of the Cavite Extension Redemptorist Station in Baclaran will be somewhat working by December 31, 2020. He said, “And we’ve instructed the concessionaire, the Light Rail Manila Corporation, to target operationalizing additional stations up to MIA Station or PITX Station soonest.”
The Cavite Station of the LRT1 runs a total of 11.7 kilometres - from Baclaran to the following stations: Redemptorist Station, MIA Station, Asiaworld Station, Ninoy Aquino Station, Las Piñas Station, Zapote Station, and Niog Station. When complete, it is expected that 800,000 passengers a day will now flock to the stations, as compared with the original capacity of 500,000 passengers a day.
In addition, this project is expected to cut travel time from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite City from two hours to only 25 minutes.