CONSTRUCTION of the P2.27 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 East Extension Project will break ground today, June 9, at the line’s Santolan Station in a ceremony that will hosted by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).
“The LRT-2 system is a crucial transportation service that hundreds of thousands of passengers rely on,” DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said.
“We are pleased to extend its scope to even more stakeholders in the eastern part of Metro Manila, many of whom go into the metropolis for work and school on a daily basis,” he said.
The project, which will add 4.2 kilometers to the line all the way to Masinag in Antipolo City, will be operational by the third quarter of 2017. It is expected to cater to an additional 75,000 daily passengers living in the densely populated areas of Rizal.
The Masinag Extension project covers the construction of a four-kilometer elevated viaduct from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag, Antipolo City. Two additional stations will be built: the Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal, and the Masinag Station at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.
Besides the construction of the eastward extension to Masinag, two other major contracts are up for bidding to further improve and modernize LRT-2 services.
Already in process is an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract which is intended to provide riders with customer-oriented services and well-maintained facilities.
Meanwhile, another railway extension project, this time on the western end, is now also in the pipeline after having been approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board last month.
Officially called the LRT-2 West Extension Project, this project will extend the line from its current end-station in Recto to Pier 4 in Manila.