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DOTC expects new mass rail sytems up and running by 2021

The Department of Transportation expects the LRT 2 East extension line to be operational by next year.

Targeted for launch in April 2021, the extension project will cut travel time from three hours via bus or jeep to just 40 minutes via rail transit. It is also seen to increase the rail line’s current ridership by an additional 80,000 passengers daily.

The 3.8-kilometer LRT 2 line, which will stretch from the existing Santolan Station end point to Masinag, Antipolo City, was 90.95% complete as of July.

The project consists of three packages — the construction of the viaduct (which is already 100% complete), the design and build of the Emerald station in Marikina City and the Masinag station in Antipolo City (now 96.265% complete) as well as the trackworks and electromechanical component system (now 68.27% completion).

Once complete, commuters from Manila travelling to Antipolo will have a more comfortable train ride experience.

Meanwhile, the P69.3 billion Metro Transit Line 7, which runs 22 kilometers from North Ave. in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan is now 58% complete. The 22-km rail line is scheduled to be completed by 2021 and will reduce travel time between Quezon City and San Jose del Monte City from two to three hours to only 35 minutes.

A project of San MIguel Corp., MRT 7 will have 14 stations.

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