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Philippines plans mass rail to NAIA 3
Rafael Rodriguez, LRTA administrator said the project is still under a design and pre-feasibility study stage.
The NAIA 3 rail link system has four stations.
The project would have an estimated capacity of 2,800 passengers per hour per direction or 40,000 passengers a day.
LRTA said the project could be implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP) or official development assistance (ODA) scheme.
Rodriguez said other projects that would be pursued under the PPP scheme are the LRT Line 1 South Extension Project and LRT 2 East/West Extension Project.
"We are at the final stage of completing the mode of implementation for these projects. We hope we can start the PPP scheme by next year," he said.
LRTA said the International Finance Corp (IFC) and World Bank estimated the South Extension project to cost $1.844 billion under the PPP scheme.
Under a Chinese ODA, the project would entail $1.016 billion, while a joint venture scheme proposed by Ecorail Transport Services Inc. would require $1.134 billion.
Rodriguez said the proposal of Ecorail is "immaterial" because the government is adopting the PPP and joint venture mode.
The South Extension project aims to extend the existing 15-kilometer LRT 1 southward by an additional 11.7 kilometers, of which approximately 10.5 kilometers will be elevated and 1.2 kilometers at-grade.
The extension will start from the existing line's last station at Baclaran and will traverse the cities of Para?aque and Las Pi?as in Metro Manila and reach the municipality of Bacoor.
The project will initially include eight new passenger stations with a provision for two additional terminals.
It is expected to serve 800,000 passengers a day and cut travel time from Bacoor to Monumento, Caloocan City, to less than an hour.
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