Thursday, 19 May 2011

Elevated monorail to connect to Metro Manila rail systems

Jeremiah F. de Guzman
Manila Standard

THE state-run Bases Conversion Development Authority says it plans to build an elevated monorail that will connect with the rail transit systems in Makati, Pasay and Taguig.

The Makati-Taguig-Pasay Monorail Alignment would be built through a partnership with private investors, agency chairman Felicito Payumo said in a statement.

He said the project was aimed at easing the congestion in the Metropolis over the next five years, connecting with the Metro Rail Transit serving the Edsa route, the Light Rail Transit running along Taft Avenue, and the Philippine National Railways, which cuts across Metro Manila in traveling to Southern Luzon.

Civil engineers chose an elevated monorail because of the narrow streets in Makati and Taguig, Payumo said, adding its completion would possibly be followed by the relocation of the country’s international airport to the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

“We are on the right track,” he said.

The agency has raised some P51 billion for the Armed Forces modernization program from the disposition of former military camps in Metro Manila. Those camps include the Bonifacio Global City, Market! Market!, Serendra, McKinley Hill, the JUSMAG Property in Fort Bonifacio, and the Villamor Air Base.

The agency also built the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the country’s longest expressway at 93.77 kilometers.

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