Two of Metro Manila's Subway Stations Officially Break Ground
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos led the groundbreaking ceremonies for two stations of the much-anticipated Metro Manila Subway on Monday (October 3).
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista lead the groundbreaking of the Ortigas and Shaw Stations of the Metro Manila Subway
These two are the Ortigas and Shaw Stations, which is officially known as Contract Package 104 (CP104).
The Subway project, which is the first underground railway in the country, is being dubbed the country’s “crown jewel” of mass transit systems.
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CP104 stretches 3.397 kilometers and constitutes seven civil work contracts of the project awarded to the consortium of Tokyu Construction, Tobishima Corp. and local construction company Megawide.
Measuring 33 kilometers, the Metro Manila Subway will have a total of 17 stations and will traverse eight local government units—from Valenzuela City to FTI-Bicutan in Parañaque City. There will also be a spur line to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City.
About 18,000 jobs will be generated during the project’s construction phase alone, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said. The project is funded by the Japanese government.
The rail line is expected to cut travel time between Quezon City and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from the present one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes. Once operational, the underground railway system can service up to 519,000 passengers daily.
“With the improved linkages of key areas and business districts in the Metro as well as the availability of stalls and other stores in the stations, and nearby markets, we can see more business opportunities to entrepreneurs, investors and additional economic activity,” Marcos said.