Leading business groups in the country including Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines have jointly called for the speedy execution of the common train station project that would link the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Lines 3 and 7.
By conveniently serving some 1.5 million commuters, the common station is seen to “finally close the missing link” between the heavily used MRT-3 and LRT-1 as well as incorporate them with the recently approved MRT-7, the groups said.
“We fully support the MOA (memorandum of agreement) executed among the train operators of LRT-1, MRT-3 and MRT-7 and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) agreeing to the intersection of EDSA and North Avenue in Quezon City as the location of the common train station,” they said in a statement.
“The agreement is most laudable as it represents an important breakthrough of the almost decade-long impasse in the construction of a vital mass transportation hub in Metro Manila and coming so soon after the Duterte administration took over,” the joint statement said.
The groups also said they agree the grand common station be undertaken by the government through the DOTr, except for the respective areas assigned to the private stakeholders and concessionaires.
The current common station design envisions a much larger and more spacious station with a total floor area of 13,700 square meters compared to 7,200 sqm in the original 2009 plan. It will accommodate three train lines, including the MRT-7 whose construction is ongoing, compared to just two lines in the original plan.