Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension

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The Manila Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite South Extension or the LRT-1 Cavite South Extension is an extension project of the LRT Line 1 and will serve the areas of Parañaque to Cavite. The extension will span from the Quirino Avenue, Harrison Avenue, and Taft Avenue intersection, then would travel down from Redemptorist Road to Manila–Cavite Expressway, and will traverse through the Parañaque River and will enter Ninoy Aquino Avenue until reaching and traversing the C5 Extension Road; and will once again enter Coastal Road, crossing the Las Piñas-Bacoor Boundary Bridge along the Zapote River, and traverse through the Alabang-Zapote Road and Aguinaldo Highway intersection, until reaching Niog Station located along the Molino Boulevard in Bacoor, Cavite.

The extension project will add 8 stations covering 11.7 kilometers of new elevated railway sections and would be the third rail line extending outside the Metro Manila area (following the east extension of the Line 2 and the construction of Line 7). The project is divided into two phases: Phase 1 covers five stations from Redemptorist to Dr. Santos, while Phase 2 covers the remaining three stations from Las Piñas to Niog.

The project was first approved by the National Economic and Development Authority on 25 August 2000, while the Implementing Agreement for the project was approved on 22 January 2002. An unsolicited bid to conduct this work from Canada's SNC-Lavalin was rejected by the Philippine government in 2005. In 2006, the government worked with advisers to conduct an open-market invitation to tender for the extension and for a 30-year concession to run the extended line. However, Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo subsequently withdrew the project.

The LRT Line 1 South Extension Project will consist of the following eight stations:

  • Redemptorist (Parañaque)
  • Manila International Airport (Parañaque)
  • Asia World (Parañaque)
  • Ninoy Aquino (Parañaque)
  • Dr. Santos (Parañaque)
  • Las Piñas (Las Piñas)
  • Zapote (along the boundaries of Bacoor and Las Piñas)
  • Niog (Bacoor)

Plans were also laid out to include two additional stations for the extension project:

  • Manuyo Uno (Las Piñas)
  • Talaba (Bacoor)

The plans for the southern extension project were laid out as early as 2012 and was expected to begin construction in 2014 but was delayed due to right of way issues. The issues were resolved in 2016 and on May 4, 2017, the groundbreaking for the ₱64.915 billion ($1.36 billion) South Extension Project was held, with the assistance of the Light Rail Manila Corporation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The extension project also features the construction of three intermodal facilities, one satellite depot located at Zapote, and mass upgrades to the existing Baclaran depot. The project is expected to cater more than 800,000 passengers daily once completed, with Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade projecting the early completion of the project to be within 2020.

The line would be extended from Parañaque southwards, connecting Las Piñas and Bacoor to the Mega Manila railway network. Civil works on the extension began on May 7, 2019 after the right-of-way acquisitions were cleared.

The construction of the extension line will be built using a full span launching method, a new construction method, renowned as one of the fastest methods of construction for bridges and elevated viaducts that cuts time and total land space needed for construction. The LRMC partnered with Bouygues Construction,  Alstom (for the installation of the signalling and communication systems), and the RATP Dev Transdev Asia for the overall engineering, procurement, consultation, construction and assistance services for the project. The extension project will also serve as the first railway line to use the new construction method.

As of July 2021, the project is 58.03% complete. The first five stations from Redemptorist to Dr. Santos will be partial operational by first quarter of 2024, while the remaining three stations are expected to be fully operational by second quarter of 2027.

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