The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the construction of LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project is now more than halfway to completion.
The agency said the overall progress rate of the P64.9 billion LRT 1 Cavite Extension Project, funded by Light Rail Manila Corp. is 50.61 percent as of December 2020.
“The recent construction activities of this highly anticipated project features the bored piling, pier/portal column works, and the MIA station foundation works, altogether with the launching of PI girder which is the chief horizontal support in the structure made for turn back slots,” DOTr said
DOTr said the accelerated pace of construction also includes the expansion of existing depot in Baclaran, and the building of a new satellite depot at Zapote.
This 11.7km railway LRT-1 Cavite Extension project, which will extend the existing LRT line 1 from Baclaran to Niog, Bacoor in Cavite, is expected to reduce the travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite, from 1 hour and 10 minutes down to 25 minutes only.
It is also projected to increase the line’s capacity to accommodate and serve 500,000 to 800,000 passengers daily.
With a mandate to fast track the construction of said project, partial operations is expected by the end of 2021.
Phase 1 covers 7 kilometers of the 11-kilometer LRT-1 Cavite Extension, including the Redemptorist Station, MIA Station, Asiaworld Station, Ninoy Aquino Station and Dr. Santos Station.
The remaining stations between Las Piñas and Niog in Bacoor, Cavite are scheduled for fully-operational by 2022.
LRMC won the bidding for the 11.7-kilometer Cavite extension project and took over the operation of LRT Line 1 on Sept. 12, 2015.