THE Aquino administration is set to start the construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 East Extension Project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Monday.

“The LRT-2 system is a crucial transportation service that hundreds of thousands of passengers rely on. We are pleased to extend its scope to even more stakeholders in the eastern part of Metro Manila, many of whom go into the metropolis for work and school on a daily basis,” said DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

The P 2.27-billion project, which will add 4.2 kilometers to the line up to Masinag in Antipolo City, will be operational by the third quarter of 2017. It is expected to cater to an additional 75,000 daily passengers living in densely populated areas of Rizal.

Abaya will lead the groundbreaking ceremony, together with Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Honrito Chaneco, as well as representatives from D.M. Consunji, Inc., the contractor for the project.

The Masinag Extension covers the construction of a four-kilometer elevated viaduct from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag, Antipolo City. Two additional stations will be built: the Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal, and the Masinag Station at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City. (SDR/Sunnex)