Building of LRT-1 Cavite extension project kicks off
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
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.
“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)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Hatchback-type and sub-compact cars will now be allowed to operate as transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Friday.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the department order which was announced by Transport Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran to media.
“Sec. Tugade signs the Department Order permanently allowing hatchbacks and sub-compact cars as TNVS units,” Libiran told reporters in a message.
A copy of the order has yet to be furnished to the media.
The formal signing of the department order follows Tugade’s directive on Thursday for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to implement its Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-005, which allows hatchback units to operate as public transport on certain conditions.
Tugade issued the instruction following complaints from stakeholders on the matter.
“Kung kailangang baguhin ang ilang dokumento, baguhin. Kung kailangang i-improve, dapat i-improve,” Tugade said in a statement.
Under MC 2018-005, all accredited hatchback units shall be allowed to operate as public transport provided that they only operate during the transition period of three (3) years, only in Metro Manila, and charge a lower fare.
However, only hatchback units that were among the 55,000 units in the masterlist and whose applications were filed from March 5 to December 15, 2018 are entitled to the benefit granted by MC 2018-005.
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Richmund de Leon earlier said the LTFRB will need to amend its memorandum to allow the permanent classification of hatchbacks as TNVS units, and to re-enlist TNVS units that were previously removed from the masterlist.
He further cited that the inclusion of hatchbacks in the TNVS fleet will greatly benefit the commuting public.
“We are giving the commuters their transport options. Kung gusto niya na mas mura ang biyahe niya, mag-hatchback siya,” he said.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The construction of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) East Extension Project is now 61 percent complete, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Wednesday.
The DOTr said the project, which will add four kilometers of railway tracks from Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo City, is already at 61.93% completion rate as of June 2019.
The LRT-2 extension project will feature two stations – the Emerald station, along Marcos highway and adjoining Gil Fernando and Felix Avenues, and the Masinag station, near Sumulong highway in Antipolo City, Rizal.
The DOTr said the building of the elevated viaduct is already 100 percent complete, while the design and build of the two additional stations are currently ongoing.
“The Emerald Station in Marikina is 89.51% complete while the Masinag Station in Antipolo is at 86.86% complete,” the agency added.
Once operational, it is expected to significantly reduce the travel time from Antipolo to Claro M. Recto in Manila to 40 minutes from the current three hours.
The DOTr is targeting to begin its operations by the fourth quarter of 2020.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.
On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.
According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.
The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.
MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.
The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.
It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.
To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.
Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano
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