Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that its MRT-7 train service is more than half complete, with partial operations expected by the end of the year.

“Mula nang mag-umpisa tayo ng construction noong 2016 ay nasa halos 65% na ang ating progress rate para sa MRT-7,” DOTr Usec. TJ Batan said in a public briefing on Monday.

[Translation: The progress rate of the MRT-7 is almost at 65% since we started construction in 2016.]

“Kasama ang ating concessionaire, ang San Miguel Corporation, ang target natin na partial operations para dito sa MRT-7 ay itong Disyembre ng 2022, at full operation itong parating na 2023,” he confirmed.

[Translation: Together with our concessionaire, San Miguel Corporation, we are targeting to start partial operations by December 2022, and full operations by 2023.]

He added that the first six train sets to be used on the line were already unveiled in December 2021.

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According to Batan, the MRT-7 will cut travel time between San Jose del Monte, Bulacan to North Avenue, Quezon City from two hours to just 34 minutes. It will also be connected to the MRT-3, LRT-1, and the still being constructed Metro Manila Subway.

“Sa unang taon pa lamang po ay higit na 300,000 na mga pasahero kada araw ang inaasahan po nating sasakay dito. Ngunit po, ang kapasidad po ng MRT-7 ay aabot po sa higit 800,000 kada araw,” he added.

[Translation: In its first year, the MRT-7 can serve over 300,000 passengers daily but it has a capacity of more than 800,000 per day.]

By Gienel Barroga, CNN Philippines
Published May 23, 2022 7:52:45 PM