DOTC pursues LRT extension projects
By Shielo Mendoza | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Thu, Oct 6, 2011
... The Department of Transportation and Communications is reviving the Light Rail Transport extension projects as part of its multi-billion, five-year transport infrastructure plan.
According to a press statement on Thursday, DOTC will push for the extension of LRT 1 from Baclaran to Cavite; LRT 2 from Santolan, Pasig to Masinag, Antipolo; and the reconfiguration of the NorthRail project.
The NorthRail project, which involves the rehabilitation of a train line connecting Metro Manila to provinces in northern Luzon, has been hounded with allegations of overpricing for years.
But DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas said in the statement that they will pursue the speedy and just resolution of past infrastructure projects, such as the NorthRail, which “simply did not fit the standards of a sound deal either by dint of corruption or technical fault.”
Roxas added that they are reconfiguring the NorthRail project after a productive discussion with top Chinese officials during a recent trip in China with President Benigno Aquino III.