By Emmie V. Abadilla
Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) yesterday broke ground for the P65-billion LRT-1 Cavite Extension connecting the existing line with 20 passenger stations to an 11.7-kilometer alignment with eight passenger stations in Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite.
It will serve an additional 300,000 commuters and will significantly reduce travel time from Bacoor, Cavite to Manila from about two hours to about 40 minutes, according to LRMC President and CEO Rogelio L. Singson.
The LRT-1 Cavite Extension, built for train speeds of 80 kilometers per hour and commercial speed of 60 kilometers per hour.
Its new stations will be named Aseana, MIA, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino and Dr. Santos Stations in Parañaque City, Las Piñas and Zapote Stations in Las Piñas City and Niog Station in Bacoor, Cavite.
Furthermore, its design was based on the basic objective of integrating the LRT-1 with other modes of transportation.
“We considered the accessibility of the new stations to shops, schools, and offices to suit passenger flow from residential and commercial areas,” he explained. “LRMC envisions the eight new stations of the LRT-1 to foster a commute that is direct, smooth, and safe for all passengers.”
LRMC signed a Concession Agreement with the Philippine Government in October, 2014 to operate and manage LRT-1 and construct the Cavite Extension.
Since it assumed operation and management of the LRT-1 in September, 2015, the company has already worked on the repair of LRVs, bringing the total number of functioning vehicles to 100 in December, 2016.
Under LRMC, LRT-1 is also undergoing a rail replacement project for the train line’s 33-year-old tracks.
The company’s most recent undertaking is the launch of the new LRT-1 Doroteo Jose station, the pilot station under LRMC’s Station Improvement Project.
Its first phase involves structural upgrades and new facilities for the 20 existing LRT-1 stations. The second phase, which includes United Nations, Gil Puyat, Abad Santos, Pedro Gil, and R. Papa stations, will be unveiled next month.
The entire undertaking is expected to be completed by end of 2017.
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