Philippines Department of Transport (DOTr) launched, in Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City, the construction works on the LRT Line 1 Cavite extension project.
The LRT-1 Cavite extension envisages the construction of a 11.7-km line and 8 stations, of which three are intermodal stations, providing road-rail facilities.
With this extension, the LRT-1 will have a total length of 32.4 km, served by 28 stations.
To formalize the start of construction works for the LRT-1 Cavite extension project, a mock-up 4th Generation LRV was unveiled during the ceremony.
The section will start at the existing station in Baclaran up to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite, cutting the travel time from 1 hour and 10 minutes down to just 25 minutes.
DOTr Secretary, Arthur Tugade, announced that the first five stations are expected to enter services in the last quarter of 2021.
The line will be operated by LRVs supplied by Mitsubishi Corporation, which was awarded a JPY 30 billion (EUR 243.77 million) contract for the delivery of 120 cars (30 train sets). Mitsubishi Corp will supply rolling stock manufactured by CAF, while equipment installed on the rolling stock will adopt Japanese technology and products. The mock-up LRV was delivered in January 2019, with the delivery of train sets scheduled in tranches from July 2020 to 2022.
Also, in February 2019, the contract for the expansion of the existing Baclaran depot and the construction of a new satellite depot in Zapote, Las Piñas was signed. Once completed, both depots will increase the LRT-1’s stabling and maintenance capacity from 145 LRVs to 269 LRVs.
Once fully operational, the entire line of LRT-1 is expected to accommodate 800,000 passengers daily, nearly double its current average ridership of 458,000 passengers daily.