Commuting to Baclaran From Cavite Might Become Easier in the Future

If things go well for the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project, that is.

(SPOT.ph) Contrary to what the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange promised to accomplish, commuting from the South wasn't exactly convenient and hassle-free since the landport started operations, particularly for those coming from Cavite. But things might just change two years from now: The construction of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension has officially begun, and it promises to make commuting from Cavite to Baclaran much easier.

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Slated to partially operate in 2021, there will be a total of eight stations to be added in parts of Cavite, Las Piñas, and Parañaque for the 11.7-kilometer project, namely Niog, Zapote, Las Piñas, Dr. Santos, Ninoy Aquino, Asiaword, Manila International Airport, and Redemptorist stations. According to the Department of Transportation, the long-awaited Cavite Extension will reduce travel time from Bacoor, Cavite to Baclaran from an hour and 10 minutes to just 25 minutes.

"It has been 18 years, 8 months, and 13 days since the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project was approved by the [National Economic Development Authority]'s Investment Coordination Committee on August 25, 2000; and it has been 17 years, 3 months, and 16 days since the NEDA Baord approved the Implementing Agreement for the project on January 22, 2002," Timothy Batan, Undersecretary for Railways, was quoted in a report on Inquirer.

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) had the project's groundbreaking in May 2017, but construction had to be deferred until right-of-way issues were resolved. Operated by the Light Rail Manila Corporation, the LRT-1 currently runs from Roosevelt in Quezon City to Baclaran in Parañaque.

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