Here's What You Need to Know About the Planned MRT-4
Metro Manila currently has three main train lines serving the millions of commuters trying to get around the metropolis on a daily basis—and despite how crazy it can get, they're still one of the fastest and more affordable options out there. So yup, you bet we're always on the lookout for some good news: folks in the east are finally getting their own train line! The Metro Rail Transit Line 4 project will connect the eastern areas of the Metro, going all the way to Rizal.
The 15.56-kilometer Metro Rail Transit Line 4 (MRT-4) line is set for operations in 2025, according to the Department of Transportation. Eleven stations will go through areas like Quezon City, San Juan City, Mandaluyong City, Ortigas Center in Pasig City, to Cainta and Taytay in Rizal. Ridership is pegged at the exact amount of 234,433 passengers, though the number is expected to grow.
Construction of the MRT-4 is scheduled from 2021 to 2025 while cost is projected at P59.3 billion. The project was given the green light by the National Economic and Development Authority and the Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee in December 2019, which means that the Department of Public Works and Highways can now move to the nitty-gritty parts of the project.
"We fast-tracked all these projects before the end of the year so that [in 2020], we can focus purely on the detailed engineering and procurement of these big-ticket projects," said Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
The only train line that reaches the eastern area of the Metro is the Light Rail Transit Line 2—but the Santolan station in Marikina is currently not operational due to a fire that broke out between the Katipunan and Cubao stations in October 2019. Fingers crossed the MRT-4 project is the gamechanger we're all waiting for.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.