Manila, the capital and second-largest city of the Philippines has a metropolitan population of over 16 million. It is in number one spot on the list of the world’s most densely populated cities, with 42,857 people per square kilometre, compare to Delhi which has 25,535 or Paris with 21,498. And yet the Manila Metro has only three lines. In 20 years, the cities Light Rail Transit-1 line, which serves 20 stations along its 20 km route - has experienced an increase of its daily ridership from over 400,000 to 500,000 today. In response to this Alstom together with Bouygues Travaux Publics have signed a contract to upgrade and extend this Manila Metro line.
Aiming to alleviate congestion and reduce travel times for commuters, the local transport authorities have decided to extend the current LRT line 1 and add 12 kilometres and 8 stations. Once the extension completed, the LRT-line 1 will carry about 800,000 passengers per day. The contract is worth around €450 million, including approximately €160 million for Alstom. The extended line is scheduled to enter into commercial service in 2020.
Alstom will provide an integrated metro solution which includes signalling and communication system, traction power supply and track work on the 12 km extended line including one new depot and the extension of the existing depot. Alstom will also equip Atlas 100 on-board signalling solution for 60 trains and revamp signalling system for the existing 20km line.
The Manila Light Rail Transit System, although referred to as a light rail system because it originally used light rail vehicles, though is now more akin to a metro system with high passenger throughput, exclusive right-of-way and use of full metro rolling stock. The system is operated by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), a government-owned and controlled corporation under the authority of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and serves 2.1 million passengers each day.
The ceremony, organized for the signature of the contract, was attended by Jesus P. Francisco, President and CEO of the LRMC, Christian Gazaignes, CEO for Bouygues Travaux Publics and Dominique Pouliquen, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific at Alstom.
Speaking at the ceremony, Poliquen stated; “We are pleased to sign this contract today which aims to offer Manila’s inhabitants a safe, fast and reliable transportation system which takes part in the economic development of the Philippines. Alstom is looking forward to providing customers and partners its expertise in integrated transport solutions.”
Alstom is experienced in developing metro projects in rapidly developing cities, with integrated projects in cities such as Panama (L. 1 and 2), Guadalajara (Mexico), Los Teques (Venezuela) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) already on their books.
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