Lorenz S. Marasigan (BusinessMirror)
The east extension of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 will be commercially available by the second half of 2018, the transportation department said in an advisory.
Such a target, which falls a year short of the original third quarter of 2017 goal, was set as the government breaks ground for the new stations of the railway line today, Tuesday.
“On Tuesday, May 30, the Department of Transportation and Light Rail Transit Authority will lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the LRT Line 2 East Extension that will signal the start of construction of its two stations,” the advisory read.
The two new stations, Masinag and Emerald, will be built by construction company DMCI.
“The project will be completed in August 2018,” the advisory read.
The extension of the country’s youngest overhead railway system is expected to cater to an additional 75,000 daily passengers living in densely populated areas of Rizal.
The train line has a daily ridership of about 217,000 passengers, below its designed capacity of between 570,000 passengers per day.
The government also plans to extend the railway line all the way to the port area through the Public- Private Partnership (PPP) Program.
It was approved by the previous government’s National Economic and Development Authority Board, but was not included in the pipeline of projects to be implemented under the PPP Program.
The project will extend the line from its current end-station in Recto up to Pier 4 in the port area in Manila.
The LRT 2 is a 13.8-kilometer mass-transit line that traverses five cities in Metro Manila namely Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan and Manila, along the major thoroughfares of Marcos Highway, Aurora Boulevard, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Legarda and Recto Avenue.