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LRT Line 2 Extension work starts today, to connect lower Antipolo




Posted on June 09, 2015


D.M. CONSUNJI, Inc., a unit of listed DMCI Holdings, Inc. will start building today the P2.27-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 East Extension Project, which is expected to bring commuter train service to the foot of the Antipolo Hills by the third quarter of 2017.

A security guard at Light Rail Transit Line 2 gives the train operator the signal to proceed. -- BW File Photo
The Transportation department said the extension will run from Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo City, adding 4.2 kilometers to the current line. Two additional stations will be built: Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal, as well as Masinag Station.

The Masinag Extension is expected to serve an additional 75,000 passengers daily from heavily-populated areas of Rizal.

“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 Joseph Emilio A. Abaya.

Aside from the extension, the government has put up for bid two major contracts to modernize the LRT-2.

One involves the LRT-2 West Extension Project, which will bring the current line terminating at Recto Avenue to the water’s edge at Pier 4 in Manila. The project was approved by the National Economic Development Authority Board last month.

Also up for grabs is the Operations and Maintenance contract, which is already in the procurement stage, “and is intended to provide riders with customer-oriented services and well-maintained facilities that enhance the over-all passenger experience.” -- Daphne J. Magturo