At last, Philippine will have its first subterranean transport, Metro Manila Subway, that will ease the ordeal of the regular commuters every day. This below-ground transportation system can effectively boost our economy and raise the work efficiency of workers. It will be a game-changer for the economy. This is part of the Duterte Administration’s “Build, Build, Build” project.

Rapid population growth is primarily the reason why we have to embrace this alternative rapid transport system that will effectively complement all existing mass transport in the metropolis today. Although some people have misgivings, surely, many people are expected to receive, patronize and experience this mode of transport considering that some major thoroughfares have been inefficient especially during rush hour. The ridership would definitely increase from time to time once they experience the efficacy of this underground transport which has been utilizing by the American people since the start of the 20th century.

The building of the 35 kilometer-Metro Manila subway system costs P357 billion.

The JIM Technology Corporation will be the one to manufacture the tunnel boring machines (TBM) to be used in the construction of the Philippines’ first subway system. Its groundbreaking is slated on 27 February 2019.

Definitely, this mega project will also benefit posterity. It is expected to be fully operational in 2025. But it is also expected to be partially operational in 2022.

What can the urbanites expect 4 years from now?

First and foremost some people will now be discouraged to use their cars or will limit buying extra cars because of the color-coding scheme (Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program) or simply “road space rationing” being strictly and widely implemented since 1995 by the Metropolitan Development Authority and other Local Government Units. It will resolve perennial traffic woes and decongest metropolis from the burgeoning traffic build up every day. It will significantly cut travel time. Also, what I like about the master plan is that the subway train can run by 80 kph that can translate into 31 minutes travel time from Mindanao Avenue down to its terminus, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3, in Pasay City, compared with other mass transport system which can only run the maximum of 60 Kph.

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