After delays caused by right-of-way issues, the construction of the LRT-1 Cavite extension project will finally commence of May 6, with a ceremony marking the start of the actual construction activities.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), they have secured a commitment from PLDT, Inc, and Manila Electric Co., to expedite the relocation of several electric and telecommunications lines that will be affected by major transport projects, one of which is the LRT-1 Cavite extension project.
The said construction project will extend the coverage of LRT-1 to over 33 kilometers. Furthermore, the extension will add eight new stations—Redemptorist, NAIA Avenue, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. Santos in Parañaque; Las Piñas and Zapote stations in Las Piñas City, and Niog station in Bacoor.
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Currently, LRT-1 has 20 stations from Roosevelt station in Quezon City to Baclaran station in Parañaque.
Faster traveling time
Once completed, traveling from Bacoor to Central Station in the city of Manila will only take 45 minutes. On the other hand, it will just take one hour and 10 minutes to travel from Bacoor to Roosevelt station, even during rush hours.
The construction of the extension project is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2021 or early 2022. The number of daily passengers being served by the LRT-1 is likely to increase from 300,000 to 800,000, once it is fully operational.
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In 2014, the Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) consortium composed of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., Ayala Corp.’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. Acquired the public-private partnership project to operate, maintain the LRT-1 for 32 years, including the construction of its Cavite extension.
A total amount of P35 billion will be spent on the LRT-1 extension project. The LRMC was able to raise P25-billion from three banks loans while the consortium will fund the remaining amount.
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