LOOK: Makati subway breaks ground, scale model unveiled

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2018 06:50 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2018 07:47 PM

Makati Mayor Abigail Binay unveils a scale version of the Makati City Subway. Dec. 12, 2018  Courtesy of Makati City Facebook page

MANILA - Officials on Wednesday broke ground on the $3.7-billion Makati City subway, aimed at bringing relief to tens of thousands of commuters.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay is joined by former vice president Jejomar Binay at the ground breaking of the Makati Subway Project at the Makati City Hall on December 12, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The 10-station train system spans 10 kilometers with stops in key points around Makati. One of the stations will be near the planned Metro Manila subway so that passengers from one railway can easily transfer to the other.

The system's initial 12 coaches will serve 27,000 passengers per hour, per direction and as many as 40,000 during peak hours, the Makati City government said in a statement.

Mayor Abby Binay and former Vice President Jejomar Binay also unveiled a scale model of the Makati Subway at the ground floor of Makati City Hall I.

Guests check the scale model of Makati City with the proposed route of the Makati Subway Project unveiled at the Makati City Hall on Wednesday. The 10km railway from EDSA-Ayala to the University of Makati, that traverses several commercial centers and important locations, is scheduled to be completed in 2025. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The subway is being built by a consortium led by publicly listed IRC Properties together with Chinese companies.

The Makati City government said it expects the subway project to be fully functional by 2023.