Construction for LRT-1 extension begins April 1

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 6, 2019   •   2029

FILE PHOTO: LRT Tayuman Station (Rovic Balunsay / Photoville International)

The construction of Light Rail Transit Line-1 Extension, connecting Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite will begin in April according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The construction of Light Rail Transit Line-1 Extension, connecting Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite will begin in April according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Eight new stations will be added for this 11.7 killometer railway extension project, which will also pass through Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This LRT-1 extension will cut the travel time from Parañaque to Bacoor to 30 minutes from 90 minutes.

The DOTr expects the project to be finished by the fourth quarter of 2021 and will accommodate 410,000 passengers daily. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

DOTr unveils first batch of new trains for LRT-1 Cavite extension project

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has unveiled the first batch of new trains that will be deployed for the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension project.

The four new train cars, which were ordered from Spain and Mexico, were presented on Tuesday, January 26.

These are part of the 120 train cars that will form 30 four-car trains that can accommodate up to 750,000 passengers daily. The LRT-1 currently serves 500,000 commuters daily.

“This fourth generation of Light Rail Vehicles will more than doubled the number of operations LRVS of LRT from 86 LRVs IN 2016 up to 192 LRVs by 2022,” Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said.

The DOTr said the new train cars feature more allotment areas for passengers and better cooling fans that will help lengthen the service life of the cooling system.

Once the delivery of new trains is complete, the LRT-1 will have 48 train sets from the current 34 train sets.

According to Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), which operates the LRT-1, the construction of the Cavite extension project is now 50% percent complete.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is eyeing partial operability of the LRT-1 extension project by the fourth quarter of this year.

“I asked the rail sector and I asked the LRTA and the LRMC to make sure that partially operability of this project can materialize by December of this year. I don’t mind hitting 1 or 2 stations but scot to be partially operational,” Tugade said.

The LRT-1 Cavite extension project will stretch across Baclaran to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite. Upon completion, travel time from Manila to Cavite will be trimmed down to just 25 minutes, from the current 1 hour and 10 minutes.

The project was funded through a loan extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

CAVITEX southbound lane to temporarily close starting Sept. 15 as LRT-1 extension works resume

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A lane along CAVITEX southbound near Parañaque bridge will be temporarily closed to motorists starting Sept. 15 to give way to the resumption of the construction works for the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) Extension project, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announced.

In an advisory on Monday, the LRMC said the lane closure will be implemented until Dec. 15, 2020 for the pipe relocation works by Maynilad which relative to the construction activities for the 11.7-kilometer LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project.

This is a follow-through of the test pit works (bridge and pipe inspection) which was conducted in the same area last May 2020, the LRMC added.

In line with the lane closure, the agency asked motorists for understanding and advised them to plan their trips ahead.

“We are aware that this will bring temporary inconvenience. But once the project is completed, travel between Baclaran and Bacoor will be faster, easier, and more convenient for our commuters,” LRMC Cavite Extension Management Team (CEMT) Project Execution Manager Reynaldo Pangilinan said.

The LRMC said that since the start of the civil works in September 2019, the project’s percentage completion rate has reached 40% for the project aspects within the agency’s scope.

The agency revealed that the Cavite Extension project makes use of an above-ground launcher, a special engineering method, to allow for faster execution and minimal effect on the ground-level traffic. The viaducts are transported above-ground instead of street-level.

“Despite the limitations brought by the quarantine period and the necessary adjustments, we have been able to make progress on this project,” Pangilinan said.

The Department of Transportation earlier said the project will extend the existing LRT line 1 from Baclaran to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite and is envisioned to shorten the travel time from Manila to Cavite to 25 minutes from the current one hour and 10 minutes.

Piling works for LRT-1 Cavite Extension project begins

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – After 19 years, residents of Cavite City and surrounding suburbs can now look forward to more comfortable commuting experience as the piling works for the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension officially begins.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the piling works began on Sunday, Sept. 1 following the completion of ground investigation and foundation design works.

The piling works, which involve the construction of supporting piers which will serve as the foundation for the elevated railway structures, began from Dr. Santos Station in Parañaque where the right-of-way (RoW) was cleared.

The first phase of the project covers seven of the 11-kilometer extension which will include stations at the Redemptorist, MIA, Asiaworld, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. Santos Station.

The DOTr said Asiaworld Station will be located parallel to and right beside the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), and will eventually be connected to the Metro Manila Subway, forming the Parañaque Common Station. The said stations are those which their RoW issues have been cleared.

The department said, the project requires a total of 203 piers: 67 from Dr. Santos Station to Ninoy Aquino Station, 40 piers from Ninoy Aquino Station to Asiaworld Station, and 22 piers from Redemptorist Station to the existing LRT-1 Baclaran Station which will begin construction in November, and 74 piers from Asiaworld Station to Redemptiorist Station which will be installed beginning March 2020.

To speed up construction, the DOTr said piling works will be done simultaneously in up to five different areas where the RoW is made available.

Remaining RoW obstructions to be cleared under phase 1 include auxiliary facilities such as traffic lights, plant boxes, and drainage lines as well as utility lines that will be cleared with the assistance of Parañaque City.

The department also assured that works along the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEx) will begin soon.

The partial operability section of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project is targeted to start in the fourth Quarter of 2021, with measures being taken for the rest of the line to Niog, Bacoor being operational in 2022.

The project is expected to increase LRT-1’s ridership from 500,000 to 800,000 per day, and reduce travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite from 1 to 2 hours to only 25 minutes.

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