MANILA, Philippines – Two additional stations of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) East Extension project will begin operations in the latter part of April this year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Thursday.
In a statement, the DOTr said the two LRT-2 East Extension stations are the Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia mall and Robinsons) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag).
These stations will start operations on April 27 after a soft opening to be held a day before.
The two new stations will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back.
Travel time from Recto to Masinag will be just around 40 minutes.
As of January 31, 2021, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) reported that the LRT-2 East Extension Project is already 93.42% complete.
“In less than two months po, mag-ooperate na po ‘yung ating dalawang bagong istasyon,” LRTA Spokesperson Atty. Hernando Cabrera said.
Once completed, the LRT-2 East Extension can accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers daily, boosting the entire rail line’s current daily ridership to 240,000 passengers.
Cabrera said that the Package 1 of the project, which involves the construction of the eastbound and westbound viaducts, has been finished.
The Package 2, which involves the design and construction of stations, is also substantially complete.
Meanwhile, works are ongoing for the Package 3, which covers the project’s electro-mechanical system, rails, power supply, telecommunications, and signaling system.
Cabrera said that the rail line’s electro-mechanical works are being fast-tracked to meet the target date of the project’s April 2021 inauguration.
“Ongoing po ngayon ‘yan at pina-fast track na po natin ‘yung trabaho natin diyan para matupad po natin ‘yung target na April 26 inauguration,” he said.