But relief may soon come to the city with a ceremonial drilling Wednesday and the unveiling of the scale model of the Makati Subway System to signal the start of the project’s preparatory works. Makati Mayor Abigail Binay is naturally elated over the start of the project set for completion by 2023. The Makati Subway, the first of its kind in the Philippines, is one ideal project that will decongest traffic and ease the plight of commuters within the city. The subway system, once completed, will serve up to 27,000 passengers per hour per direction. The system features an interval of three to six minutes between trains on the first year, with 12 operational trains. The subway system will have two tracks, up to 10 underground stations, and air-conditioned coaches that can accommodate 200 people per car. The entire system will span 10 kilometers with a train yard, maintenance depot and central command center at the ground level. The stations will have at least 30 station entrances linked to destinations across Makati, which will hopefully spur the growth of small and medium businesses. It will be linked to ferry transport, interchanges to the existing MRT 3 line, as well as potential links to the future Japan International Cooperation Agency-funded Metro Manila subway, and to future parking structures and transport feeders outside the existing business districts.