MANILA – The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) East Extension project is set to begin with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled on Tuesday, June 9.
The P2.27 billion project will add 4.2 kilometers to the line up to Masinag in Antipolo City and is expected to cater to an additional 75,000 daily passengers.
“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 Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya.
Abaya will attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the line’s Santolan Station 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-kilometer elevated viaduct from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag, Antipolo City.
The project also involves the construction of two additional stations in Cainta, Rizal and Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.
The LRT-2 extension will be operational by the third quarter of 2017.
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said two other major contracts are up for bidding to further improve and modernize the LRT-2 system’s services.
DOTC said an operations and maintenance 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.
Government is also planning to bid out the LRT-2 West Extension project, which will extend the line from its current end-station in Recto up to Pier 4 in Manila.