Here’s some more good news from the government to start the decade: the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is now 50.69% complete. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) made the announcement only recently, which you can see via the Facebook post below.
This P62.7-billion project will soon connect San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan to the existing train system in North Avenue, Quezon City, via a 23km elevated railway. There will be 14 stations in total, and the DOTr says that the construction of nine of these stations is now in full swing.
Once operational, the new train line is expected to ferry anywhere between 300,000 to 850,000 passengers daily. It will be connected to the existing LRT-1 and MRT-3 lines, along with the Metro Manila Subway that is also currently under construction, via a common station. Travel time between Bulacan and Quezon City is expected to be reduced to 34 minutes through the MRT-7. Construction, on the other hand, is slated to be completed by 2021.
For a bit of comparison, check out this update video from YouTube dmitrivalencia from a while back—August 2019, to be exact. You can watch it to see how much progress has been made over the last few months.
What do you think about the current state of the project? Do you think this will be completed by next year? Share your two cents in the comments.