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LRT1 Cavite extension construction to begin April 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Three years behind schedule, the construction of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) Cavite extension will finally start in April, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Monday, March 4.

The DOTr said the 11.7-kilometer railway extension project is expected to be completed by the 4th quarter of 2021.

Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) took over the operations, maintenance, and extension of the LRT1 in September 2015, after bagging the P64.9-billion ($1.36-billion) LRT1 Cavite extension deal. (READ & WATCH: Engineers racing to fix LRT1)

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Cavite extension was held in May 2017. But the project faced right-of-way issues, delaying construction several times.

The Cavite extension will link with the existing system immediately south of the Baclaran Station, and run all the way to Niog, Cavite.

It is expected to cut travel time from Manila to Cavite to 25 minutes from over an hour, and would expand the current LRT1 capacity from 300,000 to 800,000 by the time it's completed.

LRMC is a consortium of Ayala Corporation, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, and the Macquarie Group. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.

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