Pedestrians and commuters that frequently use the mass transit stations in Balintawak, Cubao, Guadalupe, and Taft will be able to move around safer and faster in the future. This will be made possible after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $123 million (around PhP 6 billion) loan for the upcoming EDSA Greenways Project.
The project, led by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), is aimed at improving the pedestrian environment in the previously-mentioned areas. According to the ADB, the current facilities are poorly designed, uncomfortable, and unsafe. But with the EDSA Greenways Project, a total of 5 kilometers of covered elevated walkways around the four stations will help pedestrians and commuters travel safer.
There will be elevators attached to the walkways to help the elderly, persons with disabilities, and people traveling with small children get around more easily. In addition, the walkways will be connected to the MRT-3 and LRT-1 systems, making it more convenient for commuters.
The contract for the PhP 6 billion project has yet to be awarded. However, the ADB said that they expect it to be awarded during the first half of 2021. As to when the project will be completed, the elevated walkways leading to Balintawak LRT and Guadalupe MRT stations are projected to be completed by June 2022. Meanwhile, the walkways in Cubao and Taft could be partially operating as early as May 2022, and fully finished by the end of 2022.
“The EDSA Greenways Project is an integral part of the government’s transport strategy to make Metro Manila a better place to live, work, and visit. This project is an important part of our contribution to helping make that vision a reality for Filipinos,” said Hiroaki Yamaguchi, ADB Southeast Asia Transport and Communications Director.
With the elevated walkways listed as a 'priority' under the government's 'Build, Build, Build' program, commuters and pedestrians that take public transportation will be able to get around easier and safer in the future.