Duterte unveils MRT-7, seen to decongest NCR traffic

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte himself officially unveiled the new Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7) in a ceremonial program at the MRT-7 tracks along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City today, December 16, 2021.

He was accompanied by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.

At present, the project has already achieved a 62-percent overall progress rate.

Once completed, the MRT-7 will significantly reduce travel time between North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan from 2-3 hours to just 35 minutes. It is also seen to contribute significantly to the reduction of traffic in the National Capital Region (NCR) and make the commuting experience of passengers coming in and out of the region more convenient and comfortable.

The MRT-7 is a 24.7-kilometer rail and road project that starts from North Avenue in Quezon City and ends in the City of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, and is touted as a major infrastructure project under the “Build, Build, Build” program between the DOTr and San Miguel Corporation.

A total of 108 rail cars or 36 train sets were acquired from South Korea that will traverse 14 stations. It is expected to serve around 300,000 passengers in its first year of operations, and will reach up to 850,000 passengers daily on its 12th year.

The MRT-7 is a modern train system that also involves the construction of electric power systems, computer and communications system, signaling systems, and automatic fare systems, among others.

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