THE operator of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) is set to begin the civil works on the railway’s extension to Cavite next month.

In a statement yesterday, Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) said it had completed the geotechnical investigation or soil testing on the LRT-1 extension last month, and may proceed with the piling works by Sept. 1.

“Civil works along the alignment from the Dr. Santos Avenue Station towards Baclaran Station, both in Parañaque City, are expected to start by Sept. 1, 2019,” LRMC Cavite Extension Project Execution Manager Reynaldo Pangilinan said in the statement.

He noted the right-of-way for the affected segment had already been acquired with the help of the Department of Transportation and Light Rail Transit Authority.

The P64.9-billion LRT-1 Cavite Extension project involves the construction of an 11.7-kilometer train line from Baclaran to Bacoor through eight new stations: Redemptorist, NAIA Avenue, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote and Niog.

The project is scheduled to partially open by the fourth quarter of 2021, with full operability seen in 2022.

LRMC is the consortium composed of Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. (a unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.) and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd.

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