The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), will begin its Cavite Extension this October to lessen the traffic in Metro Manila.
In an interview, the LRMC President Juan F. Alfonso told correspondents that the project can cut around three hours of travel time per day. He said, “Land travel time from Baclaran to Bacoor is currently at one and a half hours a day, during rush hour on the average. We can bring that down to only 30 minutes… From Baclaran to Sucat, it will be only 15 minutes; Baclaran to Zapote, 20 minutes.”
The almost half-a-million daily commuters of LRT-1 moving between Baclaran and Monumento in Caloocan City will be able to travel the 14-kilometer stretch in more or less than 35 minutes. To top it off, the passengers only pay P30.00 for the ride.
The Cavite Extension, totaling 11.7km in length, shall consist of raised guideways throughout the majority of the adjustment. The only at-grade guideway section shall be located at Zapote, with the Satellite Depot and New Station. It will connect to the existing Baclaran Station and will have eight new Stations: Redemptorist, NAIA Avenue, Asia World; Ninoy Aquino; Dr. Santos; Las Piñas; Zapote; and Niog.
Dr. Santos, Zapote, and Niog Stations shall provide transfers to other modes of transportation.
Since assuming operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015, LRMC has already funded R10.5 billion towards the development of operational facilities and customer experience on LRT-1, Alfonso revealed.
“We have significantly increased the number of trains and trips, reduced queueing time and travel time, as well as improved the safety, security, and cleanliness of the stations.”
The LRT-1 fleet was at 109 cars as of March 2018, which is expected to increase to 121 cars by year-end. The increased number of train cars has resulted in the 9.7 percent increase in average daily trips from 505 to 554 trips daily.
Its average daily ridership in the first quarter of this year was at 459,400, four percent better over the same period last year.
Source: Manila Bulletin