The Light Rail Manila Corp (LRMC) has recently announced that it will break ground on the extension project of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) during the first quarter of 2017. The company is responsible for the operation of LRT-1.

"Our next commitment is to extend LRT 1 to Cavite. We are ready to hold the groundbreaking for the extension in late February or early March," Business Mirror reported LRMC President Rogelio Singson as saying during a press briefing. Once the project is complete, the LRT-1 line will extend all the way to Bacoor, Cavite. Currently, it runs from the Roosevelt station in Quezon City and makes its way to the Baclaran station in Pasay City. 

The project will require the construction of an extension that is 11.7 kilometers (km.) long. Once this is completed, the extension is expected to significantly increase the capacity of the LRT-1 from 500,000 to 800,000 passengers daily, according to a report from Manila Standard. Moreover, this is expected to benefit as much as four million residents of Cavite and the southern portion of Metro Manila.

Eight new stations set to be unveiled

As part of the LRT-1 extension project, eight new stations will be developed in Las Piñas City, Parañaque City, Pasay City and Cavite. The new stations will be located at MIA, Asia World, Aseana, Ninoy Aquino, Las Piñas, Zapote, Dr. Santos and Niyog. Meanwhile, the intermodal facilities will be constructed at Zapote, Niyog and Dr. Santos. 

Permit to enter given

While LRMC has yet to receive a notice to proceed with the construction of the LRT-1 extension line from the government, the company has already managed to secure a permit to enter the site. According to Singson, this is a positive development.

“We will break ground in late February or early March. Under the contract, you can only issue notice to proceed once the right of way is totally cleared of informal settlers, utilities… I said I don’t need notice to proceed, I just need permit to enter," Business World Online reported Singson as saying. The permit to enter allows the company to start fencing the area for the extension and conduct detailed engineering requirement for the project. 

LRMC is a consortium of Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp, Ayala Corp, and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd. The company was awarded the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project back in Sept. 2016. The total cost for the project is P64.9 billion. The extension is expected to be completed in four years or in 2021.

What do you think of the LRT-1 extension breaking ground soon? Let us know in the comments section below.

ALSO READ: Smart To Provide Better Cellular And Wi-Fi Services On LRT-1