Light Rail Transit Line 2’s (LRT-2) newest stations will become available to the Filipino public on July 6 after the project was officially inaugurated yesterday (July 1).
President Rodrigo Duterte, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade, and Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Reynaldo Berroya were all present during the ceremony, which formally introduces the Php 4.5 billion LRT-2 East Extension Project to the public.
The new stations – in Marikina and Antipolo – will add a total of 3.793 kilometers to the existing LRT-2 line. This will see LRT-2’s total active stations grow to 13.
On Tuesday (July 6), the LRT-2 will also increase the number of trains from five to eight – to accommodate the new stations and an expected increase in new passengers.
The launching of the two stations will reduce travel time from Manila to Antipolo to only 30 to 40 minutes, a significant jump from the usual 3-hour trip on bus or jeepney.
Besides this, the project will also ease traffic on Marcos Highway, particularly in Marikina, Pasig, and Antipolo.
The LRT-2’s East Extension Project was first recommended in 1999, however, it was only approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in 2012. It then began construction in 2017.
The government is also planning to extend the rail line westward with three new stations on the way – Tutuban, Divisoria, and Pier 4.
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