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LRT-1 Cavite Extension Phase 1 'nearly completed' at 98.2% progress rate

MANILA, Philippines — The construction of the Light Rail Transit-1 Cavite Extension Phase 1 is progressing as scheduled at 98.2% completion rate, as it remains on track for its target commercial opening in the fourth quarter of 2024.

The extension project will add 6.2 kilometers to the existing LRT-1 system from Baclaran Station in Pasay City to Dr. Santos Station in Parañaque City, resulting in an improved connectivity to southern Metro Manila.

"We are grateful to Secretary Bautista for taking the time to visit the project site and for the support given by the DOTr," said Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) general manager Enrico Benipayo this Friday.

"We also extend our sincere appreciation to our contractors, Bouygues and Alstom, and to the whole LRMC team for their commitment in making this crucial infrastructure project a reality."

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista likewise commended LRMC and its partner contractors for the "substantial completion" of the upcoming five new stations, namely:

Among those who joined the "high-level" site inspection were Finance Secretary Ralph Recto, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Romando Artes, Paranaque City District 1 Representative Congress Edwin Olivarez, Paranaque City Mayor Eric Olivarez, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines Chief Representative Takema Sakamoto, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator lawyer Hernando Cabrera and Embassy of Japan Representative Masahi Ide.

Olivares added that the new stations would also make commuting easier for those in Parañaque and nearby Metro Manila cities since it easily connects with the rest of the LRT-1, LRT-2 and MRT-3 systems.

All new stations boast of two elevators per station to ensure accessiblity for people with disabilities. Escalators will also be serving both northbound and southbound passengers to ensure aa smooth flow of traffic.

Guiding visually impaired passengers will be tacticle paving or "detectable warning surfaces," which will be located from the station entrance 'til the boarding platforms.