LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of the LRT Line 1, announced yesterday that it has started expanding the EDSA station to improve safety and convenience for passengers. “We will widen the passenger concourse area of EDSA Station to more than 400 square meters — which is more than five times the current floor area of 70 square meters,” LRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Juan F. Alfonso said in a statement. The EDSA Station, which serves more than 52,000 passengers on weekdays, is the LRT-1’s second busiest stop. “Queuing areas, and unpaid areas will be expanded to handle increased passenger flow,” Mr. Alfonso said, noting that the station “will only get busier once the Cavite Extension is finished, with an expected 50% increase in ridership.” LRMC has recently started the construction of the 12-kilometer LRT-1 Cavite Extension. Phase 1, covering five stations from Pasay City to Parañaque City, is expected to be completed in 2022.