Groundbreaking for LRT-2 Masinag extension tomorrow

From the Department of Transportation and Communications

DOTC and LRTA set the the third quarter of 2017 as the deadline of the construction of this LRT Masinag extension.

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Construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 East Extension Project is now ready to start, and will be kicked-off with a groundbreaking ceremony to be hosted by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) tomorrow, June 9, at the line’s Santolan Station.

“The LRT-2 system is a crucial transportation service that hundreds of thousands of passengers rely on. 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,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

The P 2.27-Billion project, which will add 4.2 kilometers to the line up to Masinag in Antipolo City, will be operational by the 3rd Quarter of 2017. It is expected to cater to an additional 75,000 daily passengers living in densely populated areas of Rizal.

Secretary Jun Abaya will attend the groundbreaking ceremony, together with Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Honrito Chaneco, as well as representatives from D.M. Consunji, Inc., the contractor for the project.

The Masinag Extension covers the construction of a four (4)-kilometer elevated viaduct from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag, Antipolo City. Two (2) additional stations will be built: the Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal, and the Masinag Station at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.

More LRT-2 Improvements On The Way

Apart from the construction of the eastward extension to Masinag, two (2) other major contracts are up for bidding to further improve and modernize the LRT-2 system’s services.

An Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contract is already in the procurement process, and is intended to provide riders with customer-oriented services and well-maintained facilities that enhance the over-all passenger experience.

Meanwhile, another railway extension project, this time on the Western end, is now in the pipeline after being 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 up to Pier 4 in Manila.