Gov't eyes new hub in Caloocan as 'common train station'

by Liza Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 27 2012 03:19 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2012 05:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The government is looking at the proposed LRT Malvar station in Caloocan City as a new hub for the Metro Manila Integrated Rail Terminal or common station where three railways will meet.

The Malvar station is seen as more viable for a common terminal, as it has the accessibility for commuters and capacity for the trains. 

"Last week, we had a briefing in Malvar in order to open that area, kasi marami galing north dun sumasakay. Malvar is a possible common station," Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya told 

Construction of the common station was supposed to be completed back in May 2010 but was temporarily put aside citing cost and engineering issues.

It will house the planned link of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and the proposed MRT-7.

SM Prime Holdings had earlier given the Light Rail Transit Authority P200 million for "naming rights" over the station. But Abaya said, distance may cause a problem in putting up the station near SM City North EDSA.

"The problem with the common station in SM is it's too short a distance from the MRT's last station. You run 600 meters and then to turn around that's not good for train operations. You have to decide on having them separate, people have to walk or have another common station." 

Abaya however said, the P200 million deposit will be returned once the project does not materialize.

"We will look into that. If we received it and it wasn't constructed then dapat isauli."

The nearly 17-kilometer MRT-3 traverses EDSA North Ave. in Quezon City to Taft Ave. in Manila, while the 20.7-km LRT-1 runs from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt Station in Quezon City.

The proposed MRT-7 meantime stretches from San Jose del Monte Bulacan to North Avenue Quezon City with a total length of 22 kilometers involving 14 train stations.