The construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 4 (MRT-4) may help solve the perennial problem of traffic along Ortigas Avenue.
This was expressed by Taytay, Rizal Mayor Joric Gacula following the announcement that the MRT-4 project will begin next year and is expected to be completed by 2025.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has already given the greenlight to construct MRT-4 with a project cost of P59.3 billion to be funded by an official development assistance from the Asian Development Bank.
“We are preparing for it and studying it, along with Gov. Rebecca Ynares, Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Pasion Nieto, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Ynares,” Gacula said in an interview over the weekend.
“The truth is we will be making band-aid solutions that will include traffic. As they say, we just need to be patient because once it is there, we will be able to solve traffic along Ortigas that has been plaguing our province for more than 50 years,” he added.
The 15.56-kilometer elevated monorail transit system, which aims to address the worsening traffic condition and inadequate road capacities in the densely populated areas of eastern Metro Manila and some parts of Rizal province, will start at the proposed N. Domingo Station on Granada Street in Quezon City and end at the proposed Taytay Diversion Road-Manila East Road in Rizal.
It will run along Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Avenue Extension and Taytay Diversion Road, save for a segment between the proposed Meralco and Rosario stations.
“This is the ideal solution. The volume of traffic is great, and there are a lot of residents in our province. And Bicol and Quezon province passes through our back door, via Pililla, Antipolo, Teresa and down to Taytay,” Gacula said.