LRT-2 extension to Port Area eyed

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Wednesday said that it is currently studying the extension of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) up to the Port Area in Manila.

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“Definitely after [the Masinag extension], because we are already bidding the detailed engineering design of the Masinag extension [in Rizal province]. It’s way ahead before the line to the port,” said Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

Asked about the consultancy services to LRT-2, Abaya said that, “Not necessarily, we could extend the variation of the contract or it could be a totally different one.”

Earlier reports said that the DOTC expects to bid out in the first quarter of 2013 the project extending the LRT-2 to Masinag.

The DOTC said that the civil works for the P9.76-billion LRT-2 East Extension Project would be funded by the national government, while the acquisition of light rail vehicles would be financed by official development assistance.

The agency also said that the operation and maintenance would be under the public-private partnership, or PPP.

The LRT 2-Extension Project aims to add 4.2 kilometers from the existing Santolan Station at Marcos Highway, Pasig City, all the way to the intersection of Marcos Highway and Sumulong Highway at Masinag, Cainta.

The project, which will serve an additional 130,000 passengers from the current 240,000, is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Rosalie C. Periabras

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