2 common stations up for MRT, LRT

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) expects to wrap up this month the contract for two common stations for Metro Manila’s two elevated railways system.

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DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said that a second common station, as proposed by San Miguel Corp.’s Universal LRT Corp. (ULC) will be built SM North EDSA connecting Metro Rail Transit Line 3 and the future MRT-7.

The government will not spend a centavo for the second station, Abaya said.

At present, SM Prime Holdings Inc. is questioning the granting to rival Ayala Corp. the first common station connecting the LRT and MRTs. The suit filed by SM stopped the DTOC from awarding the P65-billion Light Rail Transit Cavite Extension (Cavex) project.

The TRO secured by SM prevented DOTC from awarding the project to winning bidder Light Rail Manila Consortium (LMRC)—composed of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp.—in response to a motion filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc.

SM Prime said the common station project contradicts an earlier contract between SM Prime and Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) which provides that the common station be built beside SM North Edsa.

DOTC wants the common station built at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, which is owned by the Ayala group.

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