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DOTR an Mitsubishi Corp. Sign LRT-1 Extension Procurement
With the government's recent announcement that the LRT-1 South extension
project will finally push through after the delays last 2016, commuters
coming from the South area are now guaranteed of an easier travel. The
better news is that the Department of Transportation or the DOTr has
partnered with one of the biggest companies in the world in providing the
train sets for the said project.
The DOTr, together with Mitsubishi Corporation, recently sealed the
agreement for the procurement of the 120 new Light Rail Vehicles or LRVs
for the LRT-1 South extension project, a 12-kilometer extension from
Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite.
The contract signing was also witnessed by the Ambassador of Spain,
representatives from the Embassy of Japan, Japan International Cooperation
Agency, Light Rail Manila Corporation, and ranking officials of the DOTr.
According to the department, the 120 LRVs are designed with four-LRV
configuration. Each train set would have a minimum of 1,388 passengers,
sitting and standing. Additionally, they are expected to be energy
efficient and have low maintenance cost.
The DOTr says that after the delays in the project last year, the
department is now more eager to push through especially with the help of
agencies from other countries.
Also according to the department, the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is
currently on the final design stage and pre-construction activities. Actual
construction will start next year and will be completed within the term of
the current administration.
A large number of the general commuting public take the LRT-1 on a daily
basis. When the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is finally completed, for
sure commuters who are traveling from Baclaran to Cavite and vice versa
will have a much easier access.