It seems like we’re a bit closer to being able to commute from Quezon City to Bulacan and vice versa in about 30 minutes. According to the latest MRT-7 update of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the train line is 50.69 percent complete as of January 15.
Scheduled to be completed in 2022, MRT-7 will connect the MRT-3 North Avenue station in Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. It will supposedly cut down travel time from two to three hours to only 34 minutes, according to Inquirer.
“Once operational, MRT-7 is expected to serve 300,000 to 850,000 passengers daily, with room for capacity expansion,” said the DOTr.
In November 2019, the DOTr said the MRT line, which broke ground in 2016, was 49.22 percent complete.
Construction is reportedly picking up after a Quezon City court allowed the DOTr and operator San Miguel Corporation to use a 20-hectare property as a future train depot, according to Inquirer.
However, the main owner of the property, Century Communities Corporation, said the payment offer was “grossly inadequate compared to the actual market value of the properties.” According to Inquirer, they have filed court pleadings regarding the issue.
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