The Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently gave an update on the ongoing MRT-7 project, and it appears that the new rail line is starting to take shape. Once that’s completed, it will connect with the LRT-1 and MRT-3 lines via a Unified Grand Central Stationm, otherwise known as the Common Station.
Construction of this Common Station will begin later this year, but it will entail the temporary closure of the Roosevelt station along the LRT-1 line. The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has now announced that the said closure will be from September 5 to December 28, 2020.
During this time, the last stop headed northbound will be the Balintawak station. The LRMC is advising the public to monitor advisories regularly during this period. The organization initially planned to provide a shuttle train for passengers from Roosevelt, but decided not to go through with it due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
That said, the company assures clients that it is coordinating with both the DOTr and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority regarding the Bus Augmentation Program that commuters from the Roosevelt area may utilize for the meantime.
“The rest of our stations from Baclaran to Balintawak will be operational and we will continue to serve our LRT-1 passengers,” said LRMC chief operating officer Enrico Benipayo. “We assure the public that this will only be temporary and the construction of the Common Station, in the long run, will give passengers a more comfortable and reliable commuting experience.”
You can check out the official announcement below:
Be advised, commuters. It won’t be for yet another month—and the modified enhanced community quarantine might already be lifted then—but it’ll be best if we all prepare accordingly as early as now.