The construction of the extension of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) is set to start in May, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

“We’ll have an event on May 6 to start the actual works of LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension Project. We will send an advisory soon,” DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Hope Libiran said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday.

The 11.7-km. railway extension project will have eight stations from Baclaran in Parañaque City to Bacoor in the province of Cavite, reducing travel time to 30 minutes from the current one-and-a-half hours during rush hours.

The daily passenger volume of the LRT-1 is expected to increase from 300,000 to 800,000 once it is completed.

The DOTr and the railway system’s private operator, Light Rail Manila Corp., are eyeing to finish the project by the fourth quarter of 2021. (PNA)

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