Building of LRT-1 Cavite extension project kicks off

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2019   •   2924

The 4G mock-up of the 4-car light rail vehicles for the LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension project before the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday (May 7, 2019) in Las Piñas City.

The construction of the Light Rail Transit line-1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension finally kicked off on Tuesday (May 7), nearly five years after it was awarded to Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC).

A ceremony was held in Parañaque City to mark the beginning of the actual construction of the 11.7-kilometer railway extension of LRT-1.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday (May 6), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified that Tuesday’s ceremony was conducted to signal the project’s full-blast construction and that its groundbreaking ceremony was actually held back in May 2017.

Sa wakas, magsisimula na ang ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION ng LRT-1 Cavite Extension!Excited na kaming simulan ang pagtatayo ng…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, 5 May 2019

“Ang isinagawa noong May 2017 ay isang groundbreaking ceremony kung saan minarkahan natin ang simula ng pre-construction activities para sa LRT-1 Cavite Extension. Isang masalimuot na problemang inayos ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) at Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) sa pre-construction phase ng proyekto ay iyong tinatawag na Right of Way Acquisition (ROWA),” the statement read.

The DOTr said the project construction was delayed due to issues on right-of-way acquisition which began in 2007.

“Noong pumasok ang kasalukuyang administrasyon noong July 2016, 0% pa lang dito ang na-certify na “Free and Clear” ng Independent Consultant. As in zero. Pero hinabol natin ito, at sa wakas ay nagawa rin,” it added.

The agency also said they have since addressed issues fronting the project, including the relocation of informal settlers, utilities and the clearing of the construction yard.

“Maliban sa ROWA, nakumpleto natin ang relocation ng Informal Settler Families (ISFs), utilities, at ang paglilinis ng construction yard,” DOTr said.

The LRT-1 extension will start from Baclaran in Parañaque City to Bacoor, Cavite. It will consist of eight stations: Redemptorist, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Avenue, Asia World, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote, and Niog.

The DOTr said the railway extension’s partial operability is targeted to start within the fourth quarter of 2021 when the construction is completed.

The agency added it has prepared all the project requirements, including the mock-up of 120 Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) which were delivered in January 2019.

“Lahat ng kinakailangan para matuloy ang proyektong ito ay nakahanda na. Ang 120 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs), na kung saan na-deliver na ang mock-up nito noong January 2019, ay on-track nang maipapadala para sa pagsisimula ng partial operations ng extension line sa 4th Quarter ng 2021,” it said.

“Napirmahan na rin nitong February 2019 ang kontrata para sa expansion ng Baclaran Depot at pagtatayo ng bagong Zapote Depot, at handa nang simulan ang mga ito,” it added.

The DOTr is also poised to begin the building of viaducts and stations of the LRT-1 Cavite extension to be managed by the LRMC.

“Ready na rin ang pagtatayo ng mga viaduct at mga istasyon sa pangangasiwa ng Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), dahil certified na as “FREE AND CLEAR” ng Independent Consultant (IC) ang mahigit 90% ng Right of Way (ROW) ng Package 1,” the agency said.

The LRMC, for its part, said it will make use of a freecast yard system to prevent heavy traffic while the construction is ongoing.

“’Yung construction methodology po ay gumagamit ng freecast yard system, so ‘yung freecast components po ‘no ay hindi dadalhin sa street level po, hindi gagamitin sa wala pong traffic,” LRMC chief executive officer and president Juan Felipe Alfonso said during the ceremony.

Once the LRT-1 Cavite Extension is operational, the daily passenger traffic is expected to expand to 800,000 from the current 458,000.

The travel time will also be reduced by more than half, from one hour and 10 minutes to 25 minutes. (with details from Benedict Samson)

PNR rolls out 2 new trains for Tutuban-Alabang route

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Thursday deployed its two new trains to operate in Tutuban-Alabang route after its send-off ceremony and class assignment.

According to PNR general manager Junn Magno, the new trainsets which are part of the 8100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) consist of four cars each and can carry up to 1,000 passengers per trip.

The train sets, which were acquired from Indonesian company PT Inka, are equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, air conditioning units, and handrails for increased passenger capacity and safety.

The trains also feature poly-carbonate windows capable of withstanding moderate damage caused by thrown rocks, and automatic safety doors equipped with a sensory feature that will easily open should someone or something is caught in between.

With the new trains, the Tutuban-Alabang route will now have a total of five trains.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, meanwhile, assured that PNR fare rates will not increase despite the deployment of new trainsets.

He also called on the public to be alert and immediately report any stone-throwing incident targeting PNR train units.

“Gusto nating manatiling matagal ang paggamit ng ating mga tren kailangan yung kooperasyon ng lahat gamitin ng tama huwag gumawa ng perwisyo, wag maging pasaway,” he said.

Magno said these train sets are part of the 37 railcars and three locomotives procured by the PNR which are expected to be completely delivered in the coming months.

“Hahabulin po natin na by the end of 2020, we should have enough capacity to serve the southern and part of the northern. Bubuksan na rin po natin yung Valenzuela line para ma-off load rin natin ang EDSA,” he said.

The PNR earlier deployed two other new trains to operate in Tutuban-FTI route in Taguig.

Once the delivery of new train sets is completed, PNR’s current 20,000 passenger capacity is expected to increase to 92,000, inching closer to its target of 200,000 daily passengers in the region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Duterte inaugurates Sangley Airport in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the Sangley Airport in Cavite on Saturday (February 15) which aims to ease the air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Sangley Airport Development Project is under the Duterte Administration’s Build Build Build Program. Small commercial flights and light cargo aircraft are already operational since Saturday.

In his speech, President Duterte commended Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade for successfully completing the development project.

The President also said he will use Sangley Airport when he goes back to Davao after finishing his term.

“I will take my last flight as President to Davao. I will use this airport,” he said.

Once the project is completed, Sangley Airport will have four operational runways and a terminal which can accommodate 100 million passengers every year.—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

PNR unveils two new train sets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled two new train sets on Friday (February 14).

The two 8100 series of diesel multiple unit (DMU) delivered from Indonesia will begin operating on Tuesday (February 18) from Tutuban to Alabang station. It is expected that these series can serve 1,000 passengers per trip.

Passengers may avail free rides during the trains’ 150-hour validation and static test which will last for 10 days.

PNR General Manager Junn Magno led the unwrapping of the 8100 series consisting of two (2) trainsets with four-car formation per set.

“With the additional new trains, ang estimate namin, the whole fleet can now accommodate additional 35,000 passengers, and it will be increasing in the next few years,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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