MANILA – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) unveiled the proposed P135 billion subway and other railway projects at an investment and transportation forum on Thursday.
The planned 20-kilometer Mass Transit System will consist of a 16-kilometer underground tunnel and a 4-kilometer elevated railway to connect Makati, Pasay and the Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
The underground railway system aims to address the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila.
The system will have 11 stations, five of which are underground, four interchanges and two elevated.
It will either pass through the 26th St. or the 32nd St. inside BGC.
If government decides to use 26th St., there will be stations at Market!Market!, McKinley Parkway, 5th Ave., Ayala-EDSA, Ayala Triangle, Makati Post Office, PNR Buendia, Buendia-Taft Ave., World Trade Center, Mall of Asia, and EDSA-Taft Ave.
If it passes through 32nd St., the stations will be constructed in Market!Market!, St. Luke’s Medical Center, MRT3 Buendia Station, Ayala-EDSA, Ayala Triangle, Makati Post Office, PNR Buendia, Buendia-Taft Ave., World Trade Center, Mall of Asia, and EDSA-Taft Ave.
The DOTC may seek project approval from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the second or third quarter of the year, after which the government will bid out the project in the second quarter of 2015.
Transportation Assistant Secretary Jaime Feliciano said government is planning to increase urban mass transport ridership to 2.2 million per day by 2016 or 2017 from the current 1.2 million per day under its Rail Transport Development Plan.
Feliciano said that under the plan, DOTC will develop intermodal facilities and improve transport linkages and efficiency to production and consumption markets.
Other projects are the proposed P284 billion North-South Commuter Rail that will run from Malolos, Bulacan to Calamba in Laguna; and the P271 billion Integrated Luzon Railway project Sorsogon in Bicol to Tuguegarao in Cagayan.
The DOTC is also planning a 28-kilometer bus rapid transit worth P4.65 billion that will provide service from Manila City Hall to Philcoa in Quezon City and from Commonwealth to Fairview.
DOTC is also set to bid out the operation and maintenance of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) expansion in Antipolo City.
There are also plans to extend LRT-1 all the way to Dasmarinas, Cavite on top of the ongoing bidding for the P65 billion LRT-1 extension project to Bacoor.