The Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Thursday reported that the P63-billion Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is on track for partial operations by 2021 as its construction is now 50.69 percent completed.
“Given our densely populated areas, which is made more difficult by the lack of road capacities and ever-worsening traffic conditions, the MRT-7 will be of great help in moving commuters,” DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said in an earlier interview
As of 15 January, civil works of the underground/depressed, at grade, and elevated guideway of the rail line is in various stages of construction, while the civil works of the nine stations are at full blast.
For the rolling stocks and electrical and mechanical works, 108 cars have already been completed, while the installation of track works are underway.
The MRT-7 project, which began civil works in August 2016, should have been completed by now based on the DoTr’s target in its first-year performance report from July 2016 to July 2017.
By the end of 2017, the DoTr said the project’s completion target is now expected to be by late this year or early 2021.
The latest update from the DoTr showed that the rail project is expected to be ready for operation by the second quarter of 2021.
Once operational, MRT-7 is expected to serve 300,000 to 850,000 passengers daily, with room for capacity expansion to accommodate future increases in ridership.
It will also be inter-connected with LRT-1, MRT-3, and the Metro Manila Subway via the Common Station in North Avenue, Quezon City.
Aside from the MRT-7, two Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines extension projects are also in the DoTr’s pipeline.
The P65.1-billion LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project was originally slated for completion by October 2021 following the groundbreaking ceremony in May 2017.
Meanwhile, the P9.7 billion LRT-2 East Extension Project, which involves the construction of a 3.9-kilometer extension of the existing LRT-2 line from Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo City, is now expected to be finished by December.