Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7 in the Philippines is a 22.8km-long elevated rapid transit line under construction. The elevated line will run from North Avenue, Quezon City, to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, and will include 14 stations. The project is owned and managed by the Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).
The new line will carry approximately 28,000 passengers an hour in each direction, which can be extended to roughly 36,000 passengers an hour with further upgrades. It is estimated to initially serve approximately 350,000 passengers a day, which will increase to 800,000 passengers a day upon completion of the upgrades.
Construction on the new line began in April 2016 and half-way through as of October 2019 It is expected to be completed by 2021. Metro Manila is currently served by LRT 1, LRT 2 and MRT 3, while the MRT 7 line will be connected to MRT Lines 1 and 3.
MRT Line 7 project background, design and benefits
Universal LRT Corporation BVI (ULC), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), was selected by the DOTC to build the MRT line 7 in 2008. Financial closure for the project was achieved in February 2016.
The project is being developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) and is estimated to involve an investment of PHP69.30bn ($1.47bn).
Serving the commuters on the congested Commonwealth Avenue area, the MRT line 7 will significantly reduce traffic in the area, minimise the travel times and help decongest traffic in Caloocan and Balagtas Interchange of North Luzon Expressway (NLEx).
The new line will include a 22.8km elevated railway line with 14 stations, which include Quezon North Avenue Joint station, Quezon Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Dona Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala, and San Jose del Monte.
The project also includes construction of a 22km highway from the NLEX Bocaue interchange, and an intermodal transport terminal (ITT) located near San Jose del Monte station.
The new railway line will make it easy for the residents of Quezon City, Caloocan City, Bulacan, and neighbouring areas to commute to the centre of the metropolis much faster than on road. It is expected to minimise the travel time by 2.5 hours from the current 3.5 hours on road.
Manila MRT line 7 construction
Construction of the MRT line 7 began at the children’s Garden of the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City in April 2016. The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Benigno S. Aquino III, the president of the Republic of Philippines.
A depot has been constructed at San Jose del Monte to accommodate a control centre, administrative offices and other facilities.
Rolling stock for MRT line 7
The new railway line will be operated with 108 rail cars in a three-car configuration. Hyundai Rotem was awarded a $440.2m worth rolling stock contract to supply 108 three-car train sets to be operated on the line 7 in January 2016.
Hyundai Rotem will supply 36 three-car train sets by the second half of 2019. The contractual scope also includes signalling, communications and power supplies for the metro line.
Contractors involved in the line 7
The consortium consisting of EEI Corporation and Hyundai Rotem Company was awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) contract for the MRT line 7 project in 2008.