DOTr: Construction of LRT-1 Cavite Extension Phase 1 now at 83%

In its latest announcement, the DOTr shared with the public that the construction of Phase 1 of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project is proceeding as scheduled. As of the end of March, progress is already at 83% for both civil and rail system works. Since it began in 2019, we’re finally getting closer to its completion.

LRT-1 Cavite Extension is now nearing completion per DOTr

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Photo: Light Rail Manila Corporation

Phase 1 is an 11.7-kilometer stretch of railway. The viaduct was completed in February 2022 and the remaining works are mostly for station construction, specifically architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and safety works. For the rail system itself, trackwork and overhead catenary system installation are almost complete.

There will be five (5) stations that Phase 1 will service. The list is as follows, along with their current completion rates: Redemptorist Station registering 56% completion, MIA Station with 61%, Asia World with 51%, Ninoy Aquino Station with 55%, and Dr. Santos Station with 60%.

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Photo: Light Rail Manila Corporation

“We remain optimistic that we can start commercial operations of Phase 1 by the fourth quarter of 2024 highlighting the continuous milestones being achieved by our team. The target this year is to complete all civil and equipment installation works so we can focus on commissioning the entire line by next year. Despite the challenges we have encountered, we remain focused and committed to deliver on our promise of upgrading the commuter experience,” said Juan F. Alfonso, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) President, and CEO.

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Photo: Light Rail Manila Corporation

Currently, the Light Rail Manila Corporation, or LRMC is the private Operator of LRT-1. Since starting handling operations and maintenance in 2015, the company has invested over PHP 30 billion in capital improvement projects to steadily improve the existing LRT-1 system and make substantial progress with the construction of the Cavite Extension.

It’s good to see that aside from roads and active transport, the DOTr is also keeping us updated on railways being constructed in the interest of the country’s commuters. More options will mean more convenience, and a project such as this will make a huge and positive impact on everyone, for sure.

Mikko Juangco
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