MANILA - At least 3 stations of a subway to be built from Quezon City to Pasay City will operate "partially" in 4 years, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Saturday.
"Tatlong istasyon na magpa-partial operability: Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, Tandang Sora," Tugade said in an interview on DZMM radio.
"Ang subway, mauumpisahan na po 'yan before the end of this year. 'Yung partial operability, sa usapan namin sa gobyerno ng Japan, gusto nila 2022. Ang gusto ko 2021 so tinitingnan namin paano bibilisan," he said.
The 3 stations could accommodate up to 120,000 passengers. All 14 stations of the railway is expected to be completed by 2023, Tugade said.
The subway from Mindanao Avenue to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be constructed alongside the MRT-7 extension and common stations in the metro.
All projects are part of President Rodrigo Duterte's massive infrastructure program, which aims to improve mobility in the country.
"Ngayon pa lang sasabihin ko na, may inconvenience. Sana maintindihan ng ating sambayanan. Ano ang gusto natin, inconvenience for 3 years or inconvenience for 30 years?" Tugade said.
Tugade's announcement came as government took steps to address worsening traffic in Metro Manila and the deterioration of the MRT-3 on EDSA, a critical mass transport line.