DOTr, LRTA inaugurate LRT-2 east extension project
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) with the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), is set to inaugurate on Thursday the LRT-2 East Extension Project which will extend the LRT-2 line to Antipolo City in Rizal.
According to the DOTr, the extended LRT-2 line will have two new stations— Marikina-Pasig and Antipolo stations—and will start its operations on July 6.
Once operational, the LRT-2 East Extension Project will cut travel time from Claro M. Recto in Manila to Masinag in Antipolo from three hours via bus or jeepney, to just 30 to 40 minutes, the DOTr said.
“Trains on the line running from Recto Station in Manila to the Antipolo Station have also been increased to eight from the previous five that run from Recto Station to the Santolan Station,” the DOTr said in an advisory.
“Further, the completion of the LRT-2 East Extension Project is expected to help reduce traffic congestion along Marcos Highway, especially in Marikina, Pasig, and Antipolo given that road transport passengers will be redirected to riding the train,” it added.
The DOTr also noted that the extension project was able to generate at least 2,800 jobs during its construction phase, and another 170 will be employed to work in the line’s two new stations in Marikina and Antipolo.
The extended line that covers the two new stations in Marikina and Pasig adds an extension of 3.793 kilometers from the existing 13.8 kilometers LRT2 Line. — Sofia Vertucio, trainee
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