MRT-LRT common station set to ground break on September 29

Photo of MRT Line 3. Google Images ©

Photo of MRT Line 3. Google Images ©

 The Department of Transportation (DoTr) and its private contractors are all geared up for MRT-LRT common station groundbreaking on September 29 (Friday), after series of talks and settlements for the disputed common station.

The common station project is set to link the main rail systems in Metro Manila – Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), which now travels from Roosevelt Station in QC to Baclaran Station in Paranaque, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 from North Avenue Station in QC to Taft Avenue Station in Pasay, and the MRT-7 that is currently being constructed. MRT-7 will run from North Avenue in QC to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, is expected to be completed and operational in the last quarter of 2019.

The construction of the project has been halted and put on hold for nearly 8 years due to legal issues which arises in 2013, when the former Department of Transportation and Communication initiated to reposition the proposed common station in front of TriNoMa as an alternative to the agreed common site of LRTA and SM Prime in front of SM City North EDSA in 2009.

Ending years of standoff in settling the disputed common station, in January, the government and private companies engaged in the project signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) and have agreed that the common station will now be situated between the 2009 original site in front of the SM North EDSA Annex and the 2014 site near TriNoMa Mall.

The MoA was endorsed by DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade; DPWH Secretary Mark Villar; LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroyal; LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corp.; Metro Pacific Investments Corp. Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan; SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Director Hans Sy; Ayala Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jaime Zobel de Ayala; North Triangle Depot Commercial Corp. and San Miguel Corp. President and CEO Ramon Ang.

DoTr Secretary Tugade assured that there will no more obstruction in building the station in QC. He added that they have already settled the issues with the private companies concerned.

The common station is estimated to cost Php 2.8 billion and expected to provide commuters ease in traversing from one railway to another.





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