MRT Line-7 partly operational by end-2025

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MRT Line-7 partly operational by end-2025
Work on MRT-7 at full speed ahead. Photo from 2021 courtesy of the Department of Transportation.
  • The first 12 stations of the Metro Rail Transit Line-7 project will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2025
  • The last two stations, Tala station in Caloocan City and San Jose del Monte station in Bulacan, are expected to be completed by 2026 and 2027, respectively, once alignment issues have been resolved
  • As of May 2024, the 22-kilometer rail line’s overall progress rate is at 69.86%

The first 12 stations of the Metro Rail Transit Line-7 (MRT-7) project will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2025, according to Department of Transportation (DOTr) assistant secretary for railways Jorjette Aquino.

During the Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas forum on June 4, Aquino said the last two stations, Tala station in Caloocan City and San Jose del Monte station in Bulacan, are expected to be completed by 2026 and 2027, respectively, once alignment issues have been resolved.

The local government unit of San Jose del Monte earlier sought the realignment of MRT-7’s route following consultations with stakeholders who raised concerns about construction-related issues such as possible traffic congestion and disruption in the delivery of services.

Aquino said DOTr is working with the San Jose del Monte LGU for the realignment of routes to better serve its constituents. She said a meeting is scheduled this month between the LGU, DOTr, and project proponent San Miguel Corp.

As of May 2024, the 22-kilometer rail line’s overall progress rate is at 69.86%.

Once completed, the rail line is expected to reduce travel time from Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte to just 35 minutes.

MRT-7 will have a 14-station railway line and will be connected to the existing Light Rail Transit Line 1 and MRT-3. The 14  stations will be Quezon North Avenue Joint Station; Quezon Memorial Circle; University Avenue; Tandang Sora; Don Antonio; Batasan; Manggahan; Doña Carmen; Regalado; Mindanao Avenue; Quirino; Sacred Heart; Tala; and San Jose del Monte.

The railway line will have 36 trainsets and is expected to have a daily ridership of 530,000.

The MRT-7 project is an integrated transit system undertaken and fully-funded by SMC under a Build-Gradual Transfer-Operate, Maintain and Manage scheme under the Build-Operate-Transfer Law.

The project agreement was signed on June 18, 2008 between DOTr and its private sector partner, Universal LRT Corporation (BVI) Ltd, which was partially acquired by SMC in 2010. Full ownership took place in 2016. Construction of the MRT 7 by SMC commenced in August that same year.

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