Expansion of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) has officially begun with the groundbreaking ceremonies earlier today. Operational in 4 years, the line will start from North Avenue, Quezon City to San Jose de Monte, Bulacan.
Before the official ceremony, construction crews have begun setting up equipment along Fairview and Commonweath Avenue. When completed, the railway will be 23 kilometers long with 14 stations from start to end. Motorists who frequent Fairview and Commonweath are to expect heavier congestion during the MRT-7's construction phase.
The DOTC targets April 2020 as the start of operations for the new MRT line. With the new railway, the DOTC says travel time will be cut from 3.5 hours to one hour from North EDSA to San Jose del Monte. It will initially accommodate 350,000 passengers and eventually carry up to 800,000 passengers daily one upgrades to the line have been made.
“The long-awaited MRT-7 will serve commuters who ply the heavily congested Commonwealth Avenue area for work and school on a daily basis. The new railway system will not only significantly shorten travel time along this corridor but also help decongest traffic in Caloocan and NLEX,” said Jun Abaya, DOTC Secretary. The MRT-7 project is part of an integrated transport system that includes a 22 kilometer highway from the NLEX Bocaue interchange and an intermodal transport terminal that can take commuters straight to the MRT-7 line.
The 14 stations for the MRT-7 are as follows:
San Jose del Monte
Quezon Memorial Circle