San Miguel to extend MRT-7 to Bocaue


    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) plans to extend the 23-kilometer Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) from San Jose Del Monte up to Bocaue, Bulacan.

    Ramon Ang, SMC president and chief operating officer, said the company has submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) a proposal to extend the MRT-7 to Bocaue.

    “We submitted one month ago,” Ang told reporters on the sidelines of a recent South Luzon expressway event.

    Once the DOTr approves the project extension, SMC will start the advance work for the additional station to meet the railway target of full completion by 2022.

    Arthur Tugade, transportation secretary, confirmed that the DOTr received the proposal and is currently studying it.

    The DOTr earlier said MRT-7 is on track to begin partial operations by 2021, following a court decision that allows it to start construction works on the 20-hectare depot in Quezon City.

    Writs of possession were issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branches 92 and 98 in favor of the DOTr and its concessionaire, SMC Mass Rail Transit 7 Inc. (SMRT7), paving the way for the depot’s construction.

    DOTr and SMRT7 identified the new depot site along Quirino Highway in Barangay Lagro, Quezon City as optimal for right-of-way implementability, asset constructibility, capital expenditure and operational expense efficiency, and operational reliability and maintainability.

    Partial operations in 2021 of the MRT-7 will see the opening of nine stations: North Avenue, Quezon Memorial, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Mangahan, Dona Carmen and Regalado.

    Upon full completion by 2022, five more stations will open: Mindanao, Quirino Highway, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.

    As of October 2019, the DOTr said the MRT-7 is 49.15 percent complete.

    Once operational, MRT-7 is expected to ferry between 300,000 to 850,000 passengers per day, with room for capacity expansion to accommodate future increases in ridership. It will be connected to Light Rail Transit-1, MRT-3 and the Metro Manila Subway at the Common Station in North Avenue.