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MRT 7 will be ready in 12 months - Ermita

Manila (10 July) -- The long-planned Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - 7 linking West Avenue in Quezon City and Monumento in Balintawak, Caloocan City will soon be built to complete the MRT loop around Metro Manila.

One of the government's big-ticket infrastructure projects in Metro Manila, the MRT-7 will be "operationalized" to decongest the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-MRT network to accommodate the deluge of commuters opting to take the LRT and MRT trains which are not only cheaper but also faster ways of going to and from school and work.

This was revealed by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita at his regular weekly briefing in Malacanang.

The "missing link" between the SM North MRT station and Monumento will be ready in 12 months, said Ermita, adding that the "bullet-train" network would later be "extended all the way to Bulacan."

The Executive Secretary said the document on the construction of MRT-7 was signed two weeks ago.

"I know that it is a 'go thing' already," Ermita said.

The first-ever mass transport system in all of Southeast Asia, the LRT was built three years ahead of Singapore's MRT.

The LRT is operated by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC), and an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Earlier yesterday, in another step to ease the plight of motorists, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, headed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, approved in principle the increase in the fare of public utility vehicles (PUV).

Earlier, the Arroyo administration had implemented a per-liter subsidy program for public utility vehicles (PUVs) like jeepneys, taxis and buses amid the continued world-wide increase in oil prices. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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