With less than 40% left before completion, LRT-1 Cavite Extension’s Phase 1 is becoming closer to reality—and the public doesn’t have to wait long.
According to an announcement released by the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) early this February, the project is on track to begin operations in the first quarter of 2024.
By March next year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will already be conducting trial runs for the extended track, which will host a total of five new stations:
- Dr. A Santos
- Ninoy Aquino
To give you a clearer image of what the project looks like now, DOTr posted a peek into the recently completed expanded Baclaran Depot yesterday. See below!
DOTr Secretary Art Tugade officially inaugurated the upgraded Baclaran Depot this February 23, following the completion of the project’s civil works.
The depot will host the new fourth-generation (Gen-4) train sets that arrived in October last year. These new trains consist of “4 light rail vehicles (LRVs) with a total capacity of 1,300 passengers per trip.” They measure “106 meters in length and 2.59 meters in width, with maximum design speeds of up to 70 kph.”
To accommodate the increase in trains, 4.2 hectares were added to the existing 6.4-hectare Baclaran Depot.
Once finished, the LRT-1 Cavite Extension will reduce travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite from 1 hour and 10 minutes to only 25 minutes.
On top of that, it will increase LRT-1’s capacity to 800,000 passengers daily from the current 500,000.
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