The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has recently made it clear that it is moving forward with its ambitious goal of bringing the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Railway Transit (LRT) together in one common station. The main goal is to make life easier for Metro Manila daily commuters.

Memorandum of Agreement Signed

After plans for this stalled for almost eight years, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) had finally been signed between the government and some of the country's top companies. A report from CNN Philippines also revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has pushed for the plans to continue. The common station is set to be completed by April 2019.

Present at the signing were officials from DOTr and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) along with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI), San Miguel Corporation (SMC), North Triangle Depot Commercial Corporation (NTDCC), Ayala Corporation and Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC). 

Ayala Corp, SM and Metro Pacific Execs Present During MOA Signing

Also present to witness the signing were Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala for Ayala Corporation, Hans Sy and Ramon Ang for SM. They were joined by Metro Pacific Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Manny Pangilinan. 

The upcoming common station will be situated at the North Avenue station of the MRT-3. It will link MRT-3 with the LRT-1 line along with the MRT-7 platform. In doing so, passengers would only have to walk 50 to 200 meters in order to reach their daily trains. 

Areas A, B and C

The P2.8 billion project has been divided into three distinct areas. Area A, which covers both the platform and concourse for LRT-1 and MRT-3, will be developed by the DOTr. Meanwhile, Area B, which refers to the two concourses that connect Areas A and C, will be developed by Ayala Land Inc. affiliate NTDCC. Lastly, Area C, which will house the MRT-7 platform, will be developed and financed by San Miguel. 

According to the DOTr, the cost for the project was originally P2.6 billion. Today, that cost is up just slightly and the area it covers is now "2x as large as before."

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