Metro Manila subway’s construction breaks ground

Photo: build.gov website
Photo: build.gov website

This sounds like a dream but commuters might be able to get from Quezon City to Pasay City within 30 minutes in a few years.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced in a Facebook post today that the construction for the Metro Manila subway is now underway, with the groundbreaking ceremony held this morning in Barangay (Village) Ugong, Valenzuela City.

With the subway’s expected speed at 80 kilometers per hour, travel time from Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City will only be 30 minutes, the DOTr said.

The 36-kilometer subway will have 15 stations starting at the Quirino Highway in Quezon City and ending in NAIA’s Terminal 3.

The DOTr estimates that three stations — Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue, all of which are in Quezon City — will be operational by 2022. The subway’s 15 stations are estimated to be fully operational by 2025.

By 2025, the subway is expected to serve up to 370,000 passengers daily, but it has a design capacity that can accommodate up to 1.5 million passengers per day.

The subway will also use Japan technologies to make the system resilient against natural disasters. In March 2018, the Philippine government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency signed a ¥104.53billion (PHP49.45billion/US$951.49million) loan agreement for the underground rail line, Rappler reported.

The groundbreaking ceremony was supposed to be held in December, but was pushed back to January due to conflicts in the schedule of Philippine and Japanese officials, Philippine Star reported.

Many Filipinos are excited about the subway, which they hope can solve the city’s transportation problems.

In Metro Manila, it is not uncommon to travel 8.5 kilometers for two hours. Traffic’s even worse with construction projects and the closure of bridges and flyovers around the metro. Unfortunately, it’s not like public transport is reliable with trains consistently experiencing malfunctions or break downs that affect hundreds, if not thousands of passengers.

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