An interim station may be the solution to the years-long deadlock on the construction of a link between the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3), Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) and later on the MRT7, a high ranking official of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) said.
The MPIC, the operator and concessionaire through a consortium with Ayala Corporation’s Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), has proposed that the government allow the construction of an interim station to finally get the project going amid a looming controversy on where the station must be placed.
“What we are proposing is an interim station in the meantime so the convenience of the public will be accelerated,” Jose Maria Lim, president and chief executive officer of MPIC said.
The squabble as to where in the North Edsa commercial area the LRT-MRT common station must be built arose when the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) allegedly breached a contract with SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI).
In 2009, SMPHI acquired the contract on naming rights for the common station from DOTC. However, the DOTC claimed that the contract expired in 2011, thus the government decided to transfer the location of the common station to SMPHI’s rival Ayala Land Inc.’s (ALI) in Trinoma.
Maria Laura Angeles and Catherine Talavera