MAKATI SAYS SUBWAY PROJECT UNDERWAY
MAKATI CITY – The Makati City government and a private consortium is set to commence the construction of the $3.7-billion subway project this year which is expected to decongest major thoroughfares.
The first of its kind in the Philippines, Makati City’s Public Rail Transport (PRT) can service up to 27,000 passengers per hour per direction once the project is completed, with 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 which can accommodate 200 people per car. It spans 10 kilometers with a train yard, maintenance depot, and central command center at ground level.
Stations will have at least 30 station entrances connected to destinations throughout the city, bolstering the growth of small and medium businesses.
It will also be linked to ferry transport, interchanges to the existing MRT 3 line, as well as potential links to the future Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded Metro Manila subway, and to future parking structures and transport feeders outside the existing business districts.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay said the PRT, which is expected to create more jobs and unlock several economic opportunities,
“The Makati subway project will create around 6,000 new jobs for Makatizens and numerous economic opportunities just for the construction and operation of the train system alone. This does not include additional jobs which will be created as a result of the efficient transport system in the city,” Binay said.
“I want this to be my legacy. It is time for a better and brighter future for everyone in Makati. I want the city to be truly livable, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient not just today but for the generations to come,” she added.
The subway initiative is a joint venture between the local government and a consortium of local and foreign investors. Their 30-year concession agreement includes maintenance and repair of the coaches and the control hub.
Binay assured the public that the five-year construction period won’t adversely affect traffic within the city. Since most of the work is done in tunnels underground, the disruption to daily traffic will be minimal.
By 2024, Makati City is planning to have 18 trains with a two to four minute interval. It is also prepared to accommodate as many as 40,500 passengers per hour during peak hours. The train system will run on an 18-hour operational cycle.
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