Saturday, 13 February 2010

Transport department revives plan to build MRT 9 (formerly MRT 4)

Darwin G. Amojelar
Manila Times

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said it plans to revive the proposal to construct a rail system going to Rizal Park in Manila from Quezon City.

In an interview, Guiling Mamondiong, undersecretary for rail transportation said his agency will pursue the construction of the 11-kilometer Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 9.

The railway system would begin at the North-EDSA in Quezon City intersection and would be linked with the other MRT 3, MRT 7 and Light Rail Transit (LRT) North Extension.

The line will traverse West Avenue and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City and would end in Manila via España.

The MRT 9 will then be interconnected to LRT 2 in Recto and LRT 1 Central Terminal in Manila via the Quezon Boulevard route. This line will be extended to Intramuros Rizal Park up to Port Area.

“The proposed line will be constructed with the majority of elevated sections along the line using the U-shape viaduct, at-grade and depressed sections along the West Avenue route to allow access to the proposed depot located at the east side of the existing MRT 3 depot, adjacent to TriNoma Mall,” the department said.

The agency said the MRT 9 stations include Baler, Timog, Roosevelt, Araneta, Welcome Rotonda Central Terminal, Antipolo (España), A.H. Lacson (España), Morayta, Quezon Boulevard (Quiapo), Taft Avenue (City Hall) and Rizal Park (Manila Hotel).

Mamondiong said the department will conduct a study to determine the cost of the project that would be implemented through a Build-Operate-Transfer scheme.

The project was previously dubbed as MRT 4, but this was not pursued by the proponent even after it obtained the “First Pass” as Build-and-Transfer-Build-Own-and-Operate project by the National Economic and Development Authority Board.

Other rail projects that the government plans to construct are the MRT 7, MRT Line 2 extension and the LRT Line 1 South extension project.

Mamondiong had said that the DOTC is pushing for the creation of a trust fund to finance future mass rail projects. Portions of road and sin taxes and an increase in the real property tax would constitute this fund.

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