Commuters to enjoysafe, easy transit to bargain hunter’s mecca
14 October 2019 LRT-2 to extend to Tutuban, Divisoria, Pier 4Commuters to enjoy safe, easy transit to bargain hunter’s mecca MANILA–Millions of commuters will soon enjoy safe and easy travel to the country’s bargain hunter’s mecca as the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) started working for the five-kilometer westward extension of the LRT-2 System to Tutuban, Divisoria, and Pier 4.
“Mas magiging madali na ang biyahe ng mga gustong pumunta para mamili sa Tutuban at Divisoria, o mga sasakay sa barko sa Pier 4 ng North Harbor. [Easier journey awaits commuters who wish to make purchases at Tutuban and Divisoria, or those who will journey via ships found in North Harbor],” said LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya.
Travel time from Recto station to Pier 4 is estimated to only take five minutes while travel time from Masinag station to Pier 4 will not exceed an hour.
The Administrator also noted that theLRT-2 West Extension Project is a government-approved design and build project that aims to get more passengers to take the LRT-2, help ease traffic congestion in the Metropolis area, and help mitigate climate crisis by minimizing fossil fuel use.
The P10.1 billion West Extension Project is targeted to be finished by 2023.
Financed by the Philippine government, this extension project is part of the Duterte administration’s “Build, build, build” program.
The LRTA has given the consultancy project to WesTrax Joint Venture with the Notice of Award given on July 19, 2019 and the Notice to Proceed on August 16, 2019.
WesTrax JV will assist in the bidding process for the contractors that will work on the project for which procurement is projected to start by January 2020.
Currently, the LRT-2 System which traverses the East-West routes with terminal stations at Santolan in Pasig and Recto in Manila, moves about 240,000 passengers daily.Upon completion, this number is projected to add16,000more passengers each day.
“The increase in commuters who will benefit from the extension project translates to the reduction of commuters not using Metro Manila’s congested streets. LRT-2 as a public mass transportation will be the way to go for ease of commuting,” said Administrator Berroya.