Construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT 7) will soon start following groundbreaking rites led by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday.
The P69.3-billion project will connect Quezon City to Bulacan. The contract was awarded to San Miguel Corp. (SMC) in 2008.
Aquino was accompanied by Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, SMC president Ramon Ang and Universal LRT Corporation (ULC) representatives at the groundbreaking ceremonies at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
In his speech, the President said the project was delayed because the government had to study if it will be beneficial.
“Ang mga ganitong proyekto ay hindi parang kendi na puwede lang bilhin sa sari-sari store. Masusing pag-aaral ang kailangan dito, dapat maisaayos ang lahat ng gusot sa kasalukuyan, para hindi na ito makaperwisyo sa kinabukasan [Such projects are not like candy that can be bought from stores. In-depth studies are needed, and flaws have to be addressed now to prevent problems in the future],” Aquino added.
The rail line aims to decongest traffic in Quezon City and provide relief to tens of thousands of people who work in the city but live in suburban Bulacan.
The 23-kilometer railway system is set to be operational in April 2020. Once the MRT 7 is built, it will only take 30 minutes to commute from North Edsa to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
The MRT 7 will also connect to the MRT 3, with a provision to connect to LRT 1 (Light Rail Transit 1).
The President said once train upgrades continue, passenger accommodation is expected to reach as much as 800,000.
“Ang masisiguro ko po sa inyo, anumang kasunduang pinapasok ng inyong gobyerno ay pinanday ayon sa ating batayang prinsipyo: Kung ano ang tama at makatwiran, iyon ang gagawin nati,; kung saan may pinakamalaking pakinabang sa ating mga Boss, doon po tayo [What I can assure you is that the agreements in which the government becomes involved in are determined by what offers the greatest good to our Bosses (the people)],” he added.