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Prior to its commitment, the Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of LRT – 1, was set to break ground late February or early March for the railway’s line extension from Baclaran to Cavite.

“We are ready to hold the groundbreaking for the extension in late February or early March,” recently announced LRMC President Rogelio Singson during a press briefing last February 6.

LRMC, the consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., Ayala Corp.’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd., took over the operation, maintenance, and extension of the train system after having awarded the P64.9 – billion public – private partnership (PPP) project last September 2015.

The contract under PPP project targets to extend to Bacoor, Cavite the LRT – 1, which runs from Roosevelt station in Quezon City to Baclaran station in Pasay City.

The 11.7 – kilometer extension would involve putting up new stations across Pasay City, Paranaque City, Las Piñas City and Cavite. The 8 new stations are Aseana, Manila International Airport, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Pinas, Zapote and Niyog.

Though LRMC has yet to secure a notice to proceed with the construction, Singson said that they already have the “permit to enter” document allowing them to already fence, clear and conduct engineering works on the site.

Singson did mention that the target completion of the extension is about 4 years or in 2021.


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