If you’re one of the Caviteños in the Manila workforce, then this is something you’re surely looking forward to: The Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Light Rail Transit Authority, and the Light Rail Manila Corporation have announced the start of construction of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project tomorrow, May 7, 2019.
The project will stretch the current LRT-1 railway from Baclaran to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite, and is set to begin partial operations in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The project broke ground during a ceremony in May 2017. It marked the beginning of the painstaking pre-construction phase, which has been completed only recently. The DOTr further elaborated the process in its Facebook post:
Eight new train stations will be positioned along the 11.7km rail-line extension, which is expected to significantly increase the transit system’s capacity from 300,000 to 800,000 passengers daily. The new stations will be located in Redemptorist, MIA, Asiaworld, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, and Zapote.
According to the DOTr, the mock-ups of 120 light rail vehicles have been delivered in January. The agency also claimed that all is set for the expansion of the Baclaran Depot and the building of the new Zapote Depot.
Although the construction is certain to cause heavier traffic around the covered areas, the completed LRT-1 extension will surely improve the mass public-transport system in the long run. If you’re one of the potential beneficiaries of this project, tell us what you think.