Back in 2017, the construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) project began. As a result of the on-going work, traffic along the stretch of North Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City became a lot more congested. It even led to the demolition of the Commonwealth flyover and moving of U-turn slots as we know it.
But, it won't be long now before the Php 63-billion project is completed. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that the MRT-7 is now 50.69-percent complete. Once finished, the MRT-7 will connect San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan to the existing train system in North Avenue, Quezon City via a 23-km elevated track. There will be a total of 14 stations throughout the MRT-7 line.
“To date, civil works of the underground/depressed, at grade, and elevated guideway of the rail line are in various stages of construction, while the civil works of the nine stations are at full blast. Moreover, for the rolling stock and electrical and mechanical works, 108 cars have already been completed, while the installation of track works are underway,” the DOTr said in a statement.
Once operational, the new MRT-7 line is expected to serve 300,000 to 850,000 passengers daily. It is expected to cut travel time from Quezon City to Bulacan and vice versa. More importantly, it will also be interconnected with the existing LRT-1, MRT-3 and the upcoming Metro Manila Subway via the Common Station in North Avenue. The MRT-7 is expected to be completed by 2021.
For motorists on the other hand, this is good news. Those who frequent North Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue to get to and from their destinations will not have to endure the traffic caused by the MRT-7 construction much longer.