PPP: DOTC's "win-win" plan to link MRT, LRT is "inefficient" -MPIC

Manuel V. Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) remains unconvinced with the “win-win” plan of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to pursue two elevated railway common stations in Quezon City to resolve a legal row with the SM Group.

According to Pangilinan, the best way to settle the row is for the government to build a single large station that would benefit rival property developers in the area. 

Although no formal proposal has been made by the government yet, MPIC said it believed building two common stations that would link the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and eventually MRT-7 would be an “inefficient” move.

The MPIC has no property interests in the area, but it would be affected by the station’s location as it had won last year with partner Ayala Corp. a P65-billion contract to operate LRT-1 and extend the line to Cavite province. Also, the group recently revived an unsolicited proposal to assume operations of MRT-3, which has been suffering from congestion and operational glitches since last year.

In a statement, MPIC President Jose Ma. Lim said the DOTC has yet to approach them with a solid proposal on the two common station configuration, although he confirmed they were aware of these discussions. 

“We heard that there are two stations, which we think is not very efficient. There should be one station for all three lines,” he said.