LRT-1, MRT-3 common station up for approval

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A “common station” in Quezon City meant to link two major elevated railways in the capital—the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3)—is up for approval by the National Economic and Development Authority, Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya said.

 

“We are ready to get approval. I think we are due to present it in the next Neda board,” Abaya said in a text message.

Getting Neda approval is a key step in moving the much-delayed project forward. This will be followed by a public bidding and, if the auction is successful, the awarding of the contract. The project design and construction will take about one year and a half.

The station, which will be located within the Trinoma mall complex owned by the Ayala Group, would make it easier for commuters using the railways to transfer to either line.

However, the current design is smaller in scope than what was originally intended as it would provide a link only for LRT-1 and MRT-3.

The initial plan, hatched at the start of the Aquino administration, called for the construction of a larger terminal that would service LRT-1, MRT-3 and the upcoming MRT-7. This station was earlier considered to be built across Trinoma at the Sy-owned SM North Edsa.

The MRT-7 line, controlled by San Miguel Corp., would extend the MRT-3, which now ends at the Trinoma shopping mall, to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan province.

Abaya said the decision to locate the new common station at Trinoma was considered a “cheaper” alternative.

Nonetheless, the LRT-1, LRT-2  and MRT-3 are key railways that serve more than a  million Metro Manila commuters daily.

The common station project has been delayed due to numerous reviews undertaken since 2010. The DOTC had also changed leadership two times since Jose “Ping” de Jesus stepped down in mid-2011.

LRT 1 is a 20.7-km elevated track that runs from Baclaran in Parañaque City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. LRT 2 is a 13.8-km track that starts in Santolan in Pasig City and runs through Recto in Manila.  MRT 3 is a 17-km elevated railway that starts in North Avenue in Quezon City and runs through Taft Avenue, Manila.

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  • Prouder than ever 2B Filipino

    can these people keep quiet? hanggang hindi pa nafa finalize just keep quiet!

    QUIEETTT!!! Nakakabingi na ang istoryang yan…

    yan ang tinatawag na LAWAAAAY!

    nakakasuka na!

  • Pedro

    The original concept of the common station was located in front of SM Annex where the three train line will be under one roof (LRT-1, MRT-3 and future MRT-7). The passengers can conveniently transfer to any platform just by using the escalators or elevators. Now, DOTC is proposing to build it in-front of Trinoma where the passengers have to walk 300 meters and 500 meters from LRT-1 to MRT-3 and future MRT-7 respectively. Palibhasa hindi sila ang mga sumasakay kaya pinahihirapan nila ang mga pasahero para lang mapagbigyan ang isang business group.

    This is another DOTC disaster forcing a bad solution to a simple problem. Kung gusto nilang magtipid wag nalang clang gumastos at ibigay nalang nila ang pera sa mga congressman at senador at pahirapan ang mga mananakay……

  • ManilaMan

    Ang galing! Patapos na ang termino mo PNOY, nasa closing the loop project ka pa rin! Kailan pa ba itong lrt-1 extension na to, ang tagal ng nagawa ang balintawak at roosevelt stations. Iisang istasyon wala pa rin, good luck na lang sa LRT-1 Cavite project mo PNOY!

    Btw, Alisin mo kaya ang presidential pork mo ng matapos na ito? Pati nga yung LRT1 at LRT2 extensions kaya nang sagutin ng pork mo eh. Yung pdaf ng congress, kaya na din gawin ang MRT4 papuntang fairview at bulacan, baka nga may LRT na rin sa Cebu at Davao kung wala lang yang pdaf na yan eh. Disappointing talaga itong gobyernong ito.

  • kruger

    The design for this common terminal has been well established a long time ago. Only a an odd mixture of incompetence, ineptness, ignorance, and plain old BS on the part of government negotiators prevent its completion…

  • Paulstronghold

    Why not add more coaches to acccomodate the almost million passengers before expansion? Workers and white collared employees must bear the daily sacrifice na parang sardinas everyday just to reach their office on time.

  • CyberPinoy

    puro papogi e kailan ba maumpisahan yan. Ang tagaaaaal !

    • JIMBOYPALABOY

      naghihintay pa kasi nang mas malaking tongpats. ang tagal yata nilang hinitay ang araw na sila ay malagay sa puwesto tapos hindi sila kikita.

  • themask celestial

    Can DOTC include the extension of LRT-2 to Divisoria instead of Recto? Tondo alone has 1 million population, more than pateros, taguig or even san juan combined. Plus addiitonal passengers from Navotas , passengers going to Divisoria to shop, passengers going to North Port Harbor and the PNR station, I think its sensible to extend the last station to Divisoria.

    • letch00

      I wonder why they didn’t consider having a Divisoria station in the first place.

  • PinoyDude

    A common transit pass to use the three railway systems would be a nice addition. It’s pointless to have 3 cards to be able to use the 3 light railway system.

    • TumbangPreso

      the lrt 2 card can be used in lrt 1

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