The Light Rail Transit 2 system will have new stations in Tutuban, Divisoria, and Pier 4 through the Line 2 West Extension Project, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the LRTA also announced that the P10.1-billion project is set to be finished by 2023.
“Mas magiging madali na ang biyahe ng mga gustong pumunta para mamili sa Tutuban at Divisoria, o mga sasakay ng barko sa Pier 4 ng North Harbor,” said LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroya.
LRTA said the travel time from Recto—currently the last station at the west point of LRT2—to Pier 4 is estimated to only take five minutes.
The travel time from Masinag, the last station in the east point of LRT2 that is under construction, to Pier 4 will not exceed an hour.
Berroya said the LRT2 West Extension Project under the Build, Build, Build program aims to encourage more passengers to take mass transit, help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, and also help mitigate climate crisis by minimizing fossil fuel use.
WESTRAX Joint Venture got the project consultancy contract for the LRT2 West Extension Project on July 19 and issued the Notice to Proceed on August 16 this year.
According to LRTA, WESTRAX Joint Venture will assist in the bidding process for the contractors that will work on the project for which procurement is projected to start by January 2020.
The LRT2 moves about 240,000 passengers daily. With the completion of the extension project, the LRT2 can cater to 16,000 more passengers each day.
“The increase in commuters who will benefit from the extension project translates to the reduction of commuters not using Metro Manila’s congested streets. For ease of commuting, LRT2 as a public mass transport system will be the way to go,” Berroya said.
Meanwhile, the LRT2 East Extension project is still under construction adding Emerald Station in Marikina, and Masinag Station in Antipolo City. —Joviland Rita/KG, GMA News
Photos courtesy of WESTRAX Media