Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Group and the Department of Transportation and Communications spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) on Wednesday, April 20 at the Quezon Ciy Memorial Circle.
President Benigno S. Aquino III attended the ceremony as the guest of honor. He cited the benefits of the project by saying, "'Yung highway magkakaroon ng six lanes. Hindi na kailangan makipagsiksikan. Kapg natapos, maaaring umabot sa 800,000 pasahero kada araw ang kayang isakay ng ating mga tren. 'Di ho ba napakalaking ginhawa nito?"
The project is expected to be completed in four years, according to DOTC. Commuters from Quezon City, Bulacan, and Caloocan can now look forward to a faster and more convenient trip from home, school, or work once MRT-7 becomes operational by April 2020.
The MRT-7 project entails the development and maintenance of a 23-kilometer elevated railway line linking 14 stations from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan and MRT-3 North Avenue in Quezon City.
Budgeted at P69.3 billion, the transit line is expected to accommodate around 350,000 passengers daily upon initial run. Once the upgrades are completed, 800,000 passengers per day will benefit.
The long-awaited additional transit line in the metro will ease up the congested parts of Commonwealth Avenue and Caloocan and reduce the travel time endured by daily commuters.