Manila, Philippines — The travel time for the hundreds of thousands of daily commuters will significantly be cut, once the new 65-billion-peso (US$ 1.3 billion) mass transport system connecting the National Capital Region (NCR) to Cavite is completed in four years period, the officials said on Thursday.
“The Cavite Extension will serve an additional 300,000 commuters and will significantly reduce travel time from Bacoor, Cavite to Manila from about two hours to about 40 minutes,” the Light Rail Manila Corporation president and chief executive officer Rogelio Singson said during the project’s groundbreaking ceremony.
The Groundbreaking ceremony held at Dr. A Santos Avenue and C-5 in Parañaque and were attended by Senator Cynthia Villar, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, the former DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, and Light Rail Manila Corporation vice chairman Jaime Zobel de Ayala.
The mega construction of the 11.7-kilometer railway known as the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension gets underway on June and is widely believed to be completed by 2021, Light Rail Manila Corporation officials said.
The Manila-Cavite extension is expected to climb the entire LRT-1 passenger load up to 800,000 daily.
There will be a total of eight new stations will be built along the stretch of LRT-1 extension which starts in Baclaran, the final station of the existing LRT. These new eight (8) stations will be situated in Aseana, Manila International Airport, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. A. Santos stations in Parañaque City, Las Piñas and Zapote stations in Las Piñas City, and Niog station in Bacoor, Cavite.
As for the train speeds on the new line, it can reach a maximum of 80 kilometer per hour, with the stations accessible to local brick-and-mortar stores, schools, and offices to make the travel experience convenient to public.
The Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said in his remarks during the project’s groundbreaking ceremony that the project was long overdue, having first been given a green light to build dating all the way back in 2011 by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
Tugade noted that he proposed the construction to be round the clock, to speed up the Manila-Cavite extention without compromising the quality.
Light Rail Manila Corporation is a consortium owned by Ayala Corporation, Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation, and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings.