The Department of Transportation expects two mass rail systems in Metro Manila to be operational by 2021.
The agency said the 3.8-kilometer LRT 2 East Extension line, which will stretch from the LRT-2 end point Santolan Station to Masinag, Antipolo City, had an overall progress rate of 90.95 percent as of July this year.
Meanwhile, the Metro Transit Line 7, which runs 22 kilometers from North Ave. in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan is now 58-percent complete, according to the department.
Once completed by 2021, the 22-kilometer rail line would reduce travel time between Quezon City and San Jose del Monte City from two to three hours to only 35 minutes.
The P69.3-billion MRT 7 project will have 14 stations. It is being built by SMC Mass Rail Transit 7 Inc. under SMC’s infrastructure subsidiary San Miguel Holdings Inc.
The LRT 2 East Extension consists of three packages, with Package 1 involving the construction of a viaduct, already 100-percent completed.
Package 2 which is the design and build of two additional stations—Emerald Station in Marikina City and the Masinag Station in Antipolo City—is 96.265-percent finished.
Meanwhile, Package 3 which is the design and build of the track works and electromechanical component system, is at 68.27-percent completion rate.
Set to be inaugurated in April 2021, the extension project will cut travel time from three hours via bus or jeepney to just 40 minutes via rail transit. It is expected to increase the rail line’s current ridership with an additional 80,000 passengers daily.
The agency said that once the extension project was completed, commuters from Manila to Antipolo would have a more comfortable, convenient and better train ride experience.
San Miguel tapped Hyundai Rotem and EEI consortium to build the railway line which will have stations at North Ave., Quezon Memorial Circle, University Ave., Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Ave., Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose del Monte.
San Miguel will also build a depot in San Jose del Monte that will house a control center, administrative offices, warehouse and facilities for train cars.