DOTr: MRT-7 to be completed by 4Q 2019

MANILA(PNA) -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) expects the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 will help promote mobility among commuters and ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila once it is completed by the fourth quarter of 2019,

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade told reporters in an interview on the sidelines of the Progress Briefing and Inspection of Build, Build, Build (BBB) projects Thursday also said the railway project's construction of columns will be finished by November this year.

We expect the traffic in Regalado to ease up starting this November, the transportation secretary assured the public, referring to the traffic buildup along Dona Carmen and Regalado streets in Quezon City due to the ongoing construction of the station columns.

Tugade appealed to the public for patience and understanding for the inconvenience that might be caused by the ongoing construction of the station.

"We ask for the public's continuous understanding and patience as we are striving to complete the construction of MRT-7 by 2019. Whatever inconvenience that we might be currently experiencing will be compensated by ease in mobility and travel in the long run, according to the transportation secretary.

Tugade disclosed that the initial set of trains for the MRT-7 station will be delivered by February next year.

Composed of 14 stations, the 22 kilometer MRT7 rail transit system will connect North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan.

Among the areas where stations shall be constructed include: North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, DoAa Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala, and San Jose Del Monte.

The railway line will accommodate an estimated ridership of 420,000 passengers daily.

A common station which will link with the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will be built along North EDSA.

Furthermore, a 22 kilometer, six lane asphalt road will be constructed to connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to a major intermodal transportation hub in San Jose Del Monte.

We are aiming that our infrastructure projects will have interconnectivity and interoperability. In that way, there will be a railway system wherein it will connect with a subway, bus terminal and other modes of transportation, Tugade said.

He likewise lauded the cooperation and support of various government agencies and the private sector to the initiative.

The DOTr will provide its technical support to the Quezon City local government and the National Housing Authority (NHA) to facilitate the relocation of information settlers along the right of way of the proposed station.

The NHA will provide 6,000 housing units with electric and water facilities while the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will allocate funding for the right of way of the MRT 7 station.

Currently, there are 160 families initially identified which still has to undergo vetting procedures from the NHA.

Relocation sites are being prepared in Tanay, Rizal and in Bulacan for qualified candidates. Other options such as the Balik Probinsiya program of the government are also being explored.

Korean rolling stock company Hyundai Rotem will supply 108 train cars, signalling, communication and power systems.

The Universal LRT, which is controlled by the San Miguel Corporation, holds the exclusive right, obligation and privilege to finance, design, construct, supply, complete and commission the MRT 7 project.

Source: Philippines News Agency