Bidding for the proposed PHP60bn ($1.3bn) Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 extension project to Imus and Dasmariñas in the Philippines is scheduled to be completed in April 2013.
The Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is conducting a feasibility and engineering study on the plan to extend LRT 1 to Dasmariñas, before making a proposal to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
According to officials, the study will not delay the ongoing bidding procedure for the project to extend the LRT 1 from Baclaran in Pasay City to Niog in Bacoor.
The bid submission deadline for operating and maintaining the entire LRT 1 project was earlier changed by the DOTC from 22 August to 28 September 2012 to offer the companies time to prepare their bids.
Under the Cavite extension project, the existing 20.7km LRT Line 1 running from Roosevelt, Quezon City to Baclaran, Pasay, will be extended by 11.7km to Cavite.
The project also includes the operation and maintenance of the existing line 1, which has a loop time of 106 minutes, passing through 20 stations, including Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Makati and Pasay.
Out of the total 11.7km planned to be extended, 10.5km will be elevated and 1.2km will be at-grade.
The Cavite extension includes the design, procurement, engineering, testing, installation and construction of eight stations, plus two future stations including support beams and three intermodal facilities.
Construction is scheduled to start in January 2014, while partial operations are expected in the third quarter of 2015.
Under the project, 39 new light rail vehicles (LRVs) will be purchased to increase the capacity of the line.