The 75-kilometer subway that will pass under EDSA and link Laguna and Bulacan is feasible, officials from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
MMDA Chairperson Francis Tolentino the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected to finish this June the feasibility study for submission to the DOTC and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
Travel time from Laguna to Bulacan will only be 45 minutes from the current three hour- average.
Tolentino said the project is part of the P2-trillion transportation plan for Metro Manila presented to the Philippine government by JICA.
Public Works Undersecretary Rafael Yabut said the government “wants a subway system.”
In 2014, JICA released a video presentation of the “Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas” (Infra Roadmap for Mega Manila).
The roadmap study was conducted in response to the request by NEDA in order to formulate a comprehensive transport roadmap toward 2030.
The roadmap defines “Mega Manila” as Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna, which are the main focus in this study.
The transport roadmap emphasized the need to establish better north-south connectivity and appropriate hierarchy of different transportation modes such as roads, railways, and other mass transits.
This forms the Dream Plan to have a modern, affordable and a well-coordinated and integrated transport system for Mega-Manila by 2030.
The roadmap also aimed to realize five NOs that include “NO traffic congestion,” “NO household living in high hazard risk areas,” “NO barrier for seamless mobility,” “NO excessive transport cost burden for low-income groups,” and “NO air pollution.”
JICA Philippines Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa pointed out that the roadmap is important to make Metro Manila a globally competitive and environmentally sustainable city.