LRT-1 Cavite Extension Phase 1 now 98.2% complete

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LRT-1 Cavite Extension Phase 1 now 98.2% complete
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  • The Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension Phase 1 is now 98.2% complete
  • The project will add 6.2 kilometers to the existing LRT-1 line from Baclaran Station in Pasay City to Dr. Santos Station in Parañaque City
  • Light Rail Manila Corp led a high-level site inspection of the line together with government agencies, including the Department of Transportation and Department of Finance on June 7
  • Five stations—Redemptorist-ASEANA, MIA Road, PITX, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. Santos—will be operational by year-end

The Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension Phase 1 is now 98.2% complete, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said on June 7.

The project will extend the existing LRT-1 line by 6.2 kilometers, from Baclaran Station in Pasay City to Dr. Santos Station in Parañaque City.

LRMC led a high-level site inspection of the line with government agencies and project partners, including the Department of Transportation and Department of Finance, on June 7.

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista and assistant secretary for Railways Jorjette Aquino joined Finance Secretary Ralph Recto, LRMMC president Jose Ma. K. Lim and LRMC general manager Enrico Benipayo for inspection of the project.

Five stations—Redemptorist Station-ASEANA, MIA Road, PITX, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. Santos—will be operational by year-end, said Bautista during inspection of the Dr. Santos Station in Parañaque.

The five stations under Phase 1 are currently at various stages of completion, with Redemptorist Station at 97.4%; MIA Road Station, 97.2%; PITX, 90.4%; Ninoy Aquino Station, 93.5%; and Dr. Santos Station with the highest progress rate of 97.7%.

Once fully operational, the extension line will reduce travel time from Baclaran in Parañaque to Bacoor, Cavite, to 25 minutes.

“We are grateful to Secretary Bautista for taking the time to visit the project site and for the support given by the DOTr. We also extend our sincere appreciation to our contractors, Bouygues and Alstom, and to the whole LRMC team for their commitment in making this crucial infrastructure project a reality,” Benipayo said in a statement.

For his part, Recto said, in Filipino: “The commuting time will be faster; we will be able to reduce the fuel we import, which is beneficial for our government.”

The 11.7-kilometer rail extension is expected to increase its ridership from 500,000 to 800,000 passengers.

“The LRT-1 Cavite project will contribute to easing the traffic. With the project, (many can) connect (to the) PITX (Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange)… as well as to the airport. This will really improve accessibility and comfort to the riding public,” the transport chief added.

Dr. Santos Station, the terminal for Phase 1, will serve as a major transit hub, providing seamless access to various modes of transportation through its intermodal facility. The facility, occupying a 10,740 sqm lot, will offer designated bays for public buses, jeepneys, taxis, private cars, motorcycles, and dedicated parking slots for the disabled.

The stations will feature two elevators per station for easy access for passengers with disabilities, escalators for both directions, tactile paving for the visually impaired, spacious common areas and restrooms, real-time passenger information systems, designated breastfeeding rooms, and commercial spaces for lease. All areas will be monitored 24/7 by CCTV to ensure passenger safety and security.

READ: LRT-1 Cavite Extension Phase 1 to open Q4 2024