Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Integrated Manila rail terminal OK’d

B. S. Sto. Domingo

THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved the P777-million Metro Manila Integrated Rail Terminal that will connect Metro Manila’s main rail lines.

Light Rail Transit Authority Administrator Melquiades A. Robles said the project is designed to link Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3, which runs along EDSA from Taft Avenue to North Avenue; LRT 1, which stretches from Monumento to Baclaran; and MRT 7, which will run from Commonwealth Avenue to Bulacan.

"The three train lines will converge in one station and there will be seamless transfer from one line to another," he told Palace reporters yesterday.

"This will be operational by June 2010."

The common station, which was supposed to be constructed in front of the TriNoma mall in Quezon City at an original cost of P1.5 billion, will now be located across SM North EDSA.

"The net effective cost is about P777 million," Mr. Robles said.

He added the government is targeting to connect LRT 1 to MRT 3 by December 2009 by extending the end of LRT 1 in Monumento to the end of MRT 3 on North Avenue corner EDSA.

The MRT/LRT loop entails the construction of three additional stations — in Balintawak, Muñoz and the interface station in North Avenue. The project is estimated to cost P6 billion.

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