Common station on track

    Construction in full swing. The common station’s overall progress rate is now at 48.5 percent. (DOTr photo)

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is on track to complete by December the common station project that will seamlessly interconnect the rail lines in Metro Manila, including the much-awaited Metro Manila Subway.

    In a statement, DOTr said the common station’s overall progress rate is now at 48.5 percent. A portion of the project, Area B (Atrium), was able to push through and is now 100 percent complete.

    The common station features a 13,700-square-meter concourse area. The project is composed of three portions: Area A where the platform and concourse for Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 are located, Area B which covers the two concourses connecting Areas A and the Metro Manila subway system, and Area C which is the location for the platform of MRT-7.

    DOTr said the remainder of the project is now in full, accelerated construction pace and work is being done 24/7.

    This is a long overdue transport infrastructure project that would have considerably eased mobility of commuters in Metro Manila, particularly along the main transit routes, from Baclaran to Monumento to the entire length of EDSA.

    With the MRT-7 as well as the Metro Manila Subway also being part of the loop, travel to Bulacan via Commonwealth, and from Valenzuela to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be faster and more convenient.

    The project is funded by the government through DOTr, while the concourse connecting the TriNoma mall to the rail system will be financed and built by the Ayala Group, and the concourse for MRT-7 will be developed and financed by San Miguel Corp.

    The operation, maintenance and development will be split between Light Rail Manila Corp., the operator of LRT-1, and DOTr for MRT-3.