Light Rail Manila Corp., a joint venture between Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp., is on schedule to start construction of Light Rail Transit line 1.
?We?re on track for October. We’ve secured clearance for more than 50 percent of the right of way. Right of way has to be cleared first, then it has to be certified by the independent consultant and turned over [to us],? said LRMC president Juan Alfonso.
LRMC earlier signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Bouygues Travaux Publics for the LRT 1 Cavite extension project.
Once built, the extension will stretch LRT1 over 33 kilometers, from Roosevelt in Quezon City to Niog, Bacoor in Cavite City.
LRMC won the bidding for the 11.7 kilometer project and took over the operation of the existing LRT 1 on Sept. 12, 2015.
Since assuming operations and maintenance of LRT-1, LRMC has already invested P7.5 billion towards the improvement of operational efficiencies and customer experience in LRT-1.
LRT-1 expects to end the year with a total of 121 car trains.
Average daily ridership is 459,400 or four percent higher than the same period last year.