Good News, Commuters: Metro Manila Subway Could Partially Operate by 2021
Here's some hopeful news for the coming new year: According to the Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, the much-awaited subway will be partially operable by the last quarter of 2021, which is a little more than a year away.
"'Yung subway, tuloy pa rin ho 'yung schedule namin. Gusto ko ho mag-partial operability last quarter of next year," said Tugade, as per a GMA News report.
The first of its kind in the Philippines, the Metro Manila Subway is already 17.26 percent complete as of July, 2020. Groundbreaking took place on February 27, 2019, with construction beginning on December, 2019.
The 36-kilometer underground train will connect stops between Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City and Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. It hopes to cut travel time from QC to Pasay by almost 30 minutes for the daily target of 370,000 passengers.
The subway will consist of 15 stations spanning Valenzuela, Quezon City, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and Pasay, with some stations located at transfer links to the LRT and MRT lines.
The entire subway is expected to cost over P200 billion. So far, the government secured a P51 billion loan deal with the Japan International Cooperation Committee (JICA) to fund the initial phase of the construction project.
The Metro Manila Subway is expected to be fully operational by 2025.