(SPOT.ph) Many have claimed to have the solution to Metro Manila's traffic problem, but the daily snarl continues to plague the lives of everyone who lives in the city-buses still overload passengers, and there are constant kilometric lines at the train stations, thanks to either shortage or poor maintenance, or both.
But there might be a bit of hope left for us: The construction of the Metro Manila Subway is set to begin on February 27, and with a Filipino-Japanese consortium helming the project, we might just have a train system similar to that of Japan's by 2025.
The first three stations to be built will be along Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue. The first phase of the construction also includes tunnel structures, a depot in Valenzuela, and the building and facilities for the Philippine Railway Institute. Partial operations for the three stations are planned for 2022.
The Metro Manila Subway (MMS) is envisioned as the most expansive railway system in the Philippines, spanning 36 kilometers across 15 stations running from Quirino Highway to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay and FTI in Taguig, the Department of Transportation said in a statement. It will also have stations at the city's business districts in Makati, Ortigas, and Bonifacio Global City.
Hailed as the first underground railway in the Philippines, the MMS is expected to serve up to 370,000 passengers per day, with a capacity of up to 1.5 million passengers per day once it starts its full operations. It is designed to run trains at the speed of 80 kilometers per hour.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
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