Metro Manila to Kick Off New $6.6b Subway Next Month

Metro Manila to Kick Off New $6.6b Subway Next Month
AFP | ©n this photo taken Jan 11, 2016, a major thoroughfare is clogged with traffic as an overhead train passes by in Manila

THE PHILIPPINES capital is looking to build a more efficient public transportation system with new PHP350 billion (US$6.6 billion) city railway project that will kick off next month.

Known as the Mega Manila subway, the project will span at least 25 kilometers, linking Quezon City in the north to Taguig City in the south.

According to the Inquirer, the system will also have an added connection to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was quoted as saying Japan was funding the project through an overseas development assistance loan.

The groundbreaking event is expected to be held by the middle of January 2019, he said.

Mega Manila Subway. Image: GMA News Network
Mega Manila Subway. Image: GMA News Network


While the project is expected to be finished by 2025, the department is hoping to open the first three stations by 2022, the same year President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to step down from office.

The project has earmarked Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora, North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, East Avenue, Anonas, Katipunan, Ortigas North, Ortigas South, Kalayaan Avenue, Bonifacio Globe City, Cayetano Boulevard and the Food Terminal Inc. complex for the locations of the subway stations.

Aimed at addressing Metro Manila’s worsening road congestion as the Japan International Cooperation Agency earlier pointed out that the city faced PHP3.5 billion (US$6.6 million) in economic daily losses as of 2017.

The Mega Manila project was tipped to be the first and only underground train system in the works, but a second prviately-backed subway project in Makati City is also being developed.

Heavy traffic in Manila, Philippines. Image: Shutterstock/Asian Correspondent
Heavy traffic in Manila, Philippines. Image: Shutterstock/Asian Correspondent


In October, the Makati City local government had awarded Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc. (IRC) to build and operate the underground train system with Private Partnership Selection Committee of Makati City.

The privatised railway will involve Chinese partners who are investing some PHP196 billion (US$3.7 billion) in the project.

The consortium included Greenland Holdings, Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group, Kwan On Holdings and MingTu Investment Holdings.

The IRC had earlier this month held a soil-testing event ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony of the subway, which will service key areas in Makati.

According to the Inquirer, the proposed stations will be in Edsa-Ayala Avenue, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Central Park, Makati City Hall, Rockwell Center, EDSA-Guadalupe and Ospital ng Makati.


Source : Asian Correspondent

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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