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IN PHOTOS: After their personal commute and ocular visit of MRT-3 facilities, Japan Ambassador H. E. Kazuhiko Koshikawa and Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade proceeded to the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) East Extension Station in Marikina today, 08 January 2021, for the project briefing and concourse walk-through in preparation for its project completion this year.

Upon the suggestion of Secretary Tugade, as seconded by LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya, D.M. Consunji Inc.(DMCI) President and COO Jorge Consunji, Marubeni President and CEO Shigeru Shimoda and JICA Senior Representative Kiyo Kawabuchi, the LRT-2 Marikina and Antipolo stations will be made operational by April 26, 2021.

The two new stations will greatly aid commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo and back, with a reduced travel time from three (3) hours to just 40 minutes.

Once complete, the LRT-2 East Extension can accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers daily, boosting the LRT-2’s current daily ridership of 240,000 passengers.

“It’s a beautiful station, let us finish it right away so the Filipino people can enjoy this station”, Secretary Tugade said.

Apart from this, the resumption of operations of Santolan, Katipunan and Anonas stations, which were closed after fire damaged power rectifiers and some railway tracks, is slated this first quarter of 2021.

Also present were Embassy of Japan Transport Economic Affairs First Secretary Sadaharu Hori; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Senior Representative Kiyo Kawabuchi; and officials of DMCI, Marubeni, Foresight Soo Sung Consultancy Service and CMX Consultancy Services.

Other DOTr officials who joined the ocular inspection include Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, Chief-of-Staff and Assistant Secretary for procurement and project implementation Giovanni Lopez, Assistant Secretary for Railways Fidel Cruz, Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Projects Eymard Eje, and PNR General Manager Junn Magno.

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08 January 2021