January 02, 2020

Construction of Metro Manila Subway Project Formally Begins With Site Clearing Works

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  • Construction of the country’s first subway begins as the Department of Transporation (DOTr) starts site clearing works in the Partial Operability Section of the Metro Manila Subway Project. This section is composed of the subway’s first stations in Quezon City and Valenzuela City.

    A ceremony to formalize the beginning of the subway’s construction was held last December 21, 2019 at the depot site in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City where the subway’s East Valenzuela Station will rise. Said ceremony was led by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

    Part of the ceremony was the distribution of checks and signing of contracts between affected landowners for the right-of-way acquisition for the project. Further, deeds of assignment for other affected properties were also signed.

    The Metro Manila Subway Project, dubbed as the “Project of the Century”, is set to be 36-km long that will run at up to 80-km per hour.

    Also read: Check out the Progress of the Much-Awaited MRT-LRT Common Station

    Once completed and fully operational, the subway will have 15 stations spanning across seven local governments, three Metro Manila business districts, and will connect Quezon City to NAIA Terminal 3.  It is expected to serve at least 370,000 passengers daily in its first year of full operations.

    The project will be implemented in two phases with the first phase covering the areas between Valenzuela and Parañaque while the second phase will cover the north and south zones. Among the stations expected to open in the first phase are the Quirino Highway-Mindanao Avenue Station, Tandang Sora Station, and North Avenue Station.

    Also read: The Expats’ Ultimate Guide to Public Transportation in the Philippines

    Guided by Japan’s expertise, the Metro Manila Subway highlights technological advancements and disaster-resilient strategies that will boost the subway’s structural integrity.

    The subway is targeted to be partially operable by 2021.

    Source: Department of Transportation
    Images grabbed from the DOTr’s official Facebook page.

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