The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has expressed its support to the upcoming construction of the Light Rail Transit-Line 1 (LRT-1) South Extension (Cavite) Project to help alleviate transport demand and ease traffic congestion in and around Metro Manila.
Scheduled to launch this week, the project involves the expansion of LRT-1 by 11.7 kilometers up to Cavite wherein JICA will be assisting the provision of new rolling stocks, rehabilitation of the existing Baclaran Depot, and construction of a new satellite depot in Zapote, Cavite.
The system will be using Japanese technology and products, while the civil and station works are executed via Public-Private Partnership.
Once completed, JICA said the project will enhance the capacity of LRT-1 to 800,000 passengers daily from the current 500,000.
“The expansion of LRT Line 1 is part of JICA’s continuing support to the Philippines’ growing demand for quality mass transportation system. Improving the railway system in Metro Manila and surrounding areas will also help build the north-south transport backbone, attract more investments, and help create jobs,” JICA Philippines Chief Representative Yoshio Wada said in a statement.
A 2017 JICA survey on Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Greater Capital Region showed that traffic demand in Metro Manila has reached 13.4 million trips per day, and 5.1 million trips per day in its neighboring areas that include Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.
News source: Manila Bulletin