Will Cavite be the Next Manila When it Comes to Traffic?

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Cavite is the most populous province in the country with 3.69 million people as of 2015. No thanks to rapid birthrate and migration factors, the Historical Capital of the Philippines could still hold this distinction until 2020 based on the government’s projection. Naturally, as Land Price List noted, any Lancaster New City review would say that the province’s road traffic condition is increasingly mimicking that of Metro Manila.

Despite the undeniable high volumes of vehicles in Cavite’s major thoroughfares, some solutions are now in place to remedy the worsening situation. Like how the addition of the Kawit exit of Manila-Cavite Expressway in 2011 eased Bacoor’s traffic woes, the opening of Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway on July 24, 2015, decongested nearby Cavite areas and reduced the travel time by 45 minutes.

Furthermore, there are now two Premium Point-to-Point Bus Service routes connecting Alabang to the cities of Dasmariñas and Bacoor. On top of the many ongoing infrastructure projects around the province, you should look forward to these high-profile ones:

Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX)

The construction of CALAX started in June 2017. Expected to be completed by 2020, it intends to reduce the travel time between CAVITEX to South-Luzon Expressway (SLEX) by more or less 45 minutes. Connecting Kawit, Cavite and the SLEX Mamplasan interchange in Biñan, Laguna, this four-lane high-speed road network will pass through congested residential areas and industrial zones. The government promised to resolve right-of-way issues to avoid causes of delay.

CAVITEX C5 South Link

This 7.7-kilometer long expressway will connect the CAVITEX and C5 road. Phase 1 involves a flyover construction that will link C5 to Merville Subdivision in Parañaque. Phase 2 bridges Merville Subdivision to CAVITEX. Its goal is to speed up the travel of motorists from Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Cavite to major business districts in Makati and Taguig. Currently ongoing, it’s expected to be fully operational by 2019 with a long-term plan of adding a connection to CALAX.

Light Rail Transit Line 1 Extension (LRT-1 Extension)

After the long wait, the construction of the LTR-1 extension finally began in May 2017. The end of the additional 11.7 kilometers of railway will be Niog Station in Bacoor, reducing the travel time from the city to Metro Manila from two hours to 40 minutes. Although the project is slated to open by the first quarter of 2021, Rogelio Singson, former president and CEO of Light Rail Manila Corporation, said it’s plausible to think that everything could be finished by mid-2020.

Medium to heavy traffic may be a daily occurrence in certain parts of Cavite, but relief is certain on the horizon. As Kawit’s Evo City is dubbed to be the province’s very own Bonifacio Global City, Caviteños might no longer need to go elsewhere for work in the future.