MANILA – At least 44 percent of the new Metro Rail Transit 7 is completed, the transport department said Wednesday, as officials led a media tour on a section of the project ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Twelve out of the 14 stations are expected to be operational by 2022, the Department of Transportation said during a press tour on a part of the project site.
Once completed, the train line will cut travel time from North Avenue Station in Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan to 34 minutes from 4 hours, the agency said.
Transport Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan praised contractor San Miguel for starting a strategy that helps accelerate public-private project completion by "working on workable areas” while issues such as right of way are being addressed.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa MRT 7 concessionaire natin dahil binigyan po nila kami ng halimbawa ng isang halimbawa para po maitulak hindi lang ang MRT7 project ngunit pati ang ibang proyekto natin sa napakalaking Build, Build, Build program,” Batan said during the media tour.
(We are thankful for the MRT 7 concessionaire because they gave as an example to push for not jut the completion of the MRT7 project but also the other projects under the Build, Build, Build program)
Thirty percent of the common station, which would connect MRT7 to the LRT-1 and the MRT-3 lines is also completed. Construction of the common station is expected to be done by 2021, the transport department said.
Some 36 train sets from Korea will be used for the new train line, the transport department said.
The DOTr said the MRT 7 has a capacity of moving at least 500,000 passengers a day.