LRT-1 Cavite Extension to begin construction in April

Heads up, Caviteños who frequent Manila; The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that the construction of LRT-1 Cavite Extension will begin (or resume) this April, 2019.

Quick throwback. The 11.7-km LRT-1 Cavite Extension project was inaugurated in 2017, six years after it had been approved in 2011 by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). In a report by GMA News Online, the first target construction schedule was mid-2018. Because of ‘right of way’ issues, the initial schedule was postponed to October 2018.

This LRT-1 extension will pass through Parañaque, Las Piñas and of Bacoor in Cavite. It will consist of eight stations which will be named Aseana, MIA, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote, and Niog. It promises to serve around 410,000 passengers on a daily basis, and is predicted to cut travel time from Parañaque to Bacoor from 90 minutes to just 30 minutes.

It will be connected to the existing Baclaran Station, bordering the cities of Pasay and Parañaque. According to Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, the actual work on the LRT-1 Cavite extension will begin in April and is predicted to be completed in 2021. It seems like 2021 is the final schedule for completing the 11-km elevated railway extension, as it was also the schedule laid down by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade last year.

The DOTr has yet to provide us a list of roads that will be closed when the said project begins. However, we do know one thing; starting April 2019 to sometime in 2021, roads around the areas starting from Baclaran, all the way to Bacoor, will be affected so try to avoid them by planning your trip ahead of time.

In other news, DOTr’s Metro Manila Subway project is now on the works. The DOTr has already named all terminals and presented the route that we listed out in a previous article. We’re all for these projects and upcoming infrastructure developments, as long as it benefits the general commuting public.

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