The P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) extension railway to Bacoor, Cavite is to be operational by the last quarter of 2021, according to its operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC).
“The Department of Transportation requested to finish (the project) by next year. We are coordinating with them and right now it seems the target is achievable,” said LRMC president and CEO Juan Alfonso on Wednesday at the sidelines of the launch of LRT1’s Valentine’s Day-themed coaches.
“The DoTr is pushing us to finish as early as possible. Based on the timeline, the progress is going well at 33 percent,” he added.
ROW almost complete
As for the right-of-way (ROW) acquisition, Alfonso said more than 90 percent have been acquired and completed.
With this progress in place, the LRMC chief is optimistic the ROW will be delivered on time.
Construction of the 11.7-kilometer additional railway from the LRT-1 Baclaran station to Bacoor, dubbed LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project, started five months ago.
A public-private partnership (PPP) venture, the project adds eight new stations to the existing 18.1-kilometer train line.
Alfonso said the partial operability section is comprised of phase one of the project which includes five stations: Redemptorist, MIA, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino and Dr. Santos.
The last three stations—Las Piñas, Zapote, and Niog—are targeted for completion and operation by 2022.
Once LRT-1’s Cavite extension becomes operational, the DoTr said daily ridership along the entire line is expected to increase from 500,000 to 800,000 while travel time from Baclaran to Bacoor will be reduced to 25 minutes from the usual two hours.
LRMC, a joint venture of Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd., is the operator of LRT-1 under a 32-year PPP contract.