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Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 7

MRT Line 7
MRT7 Logo.jpeg  MRT7 
TypeRapid transit
StatusUnder construction
LocaleMetro Manila and Bulacan
TerminiSan Jose del Monte
North Avenue
Daily ridership300,000 (initial)
800,000 (design capacity)
Opened2020 (estimated)
OwnerDepartment of Transportation
Operator(s)Universal LRT Corp BVI (ULC)
Rolling stockHyundai Rotem (108 train cars)[1]
Line length22.8 km
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrificationthird rail
Route map

San Jose del Monte
San Jose del Monte
Sacred Heart
Quezon City
Mindanao Avenue
Regalado Avenue
Doña Carmen
Don Antonio
Tandang Sora
University Avenue
Quezon Memorial
North Avenue
 LRT1  MRT3 

The Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 7 (MRT-7) is an under-construction rapid transit line in the Philippines. When completed, the line will be 22.8 kilometers long serviced by 14 stations. The line runs in a southwest direction, beginning at San Jose del Monte, Bulacan up to the under-construction Unified Grand Central Station located in North Avenue, Quezon City. MRT Line 7 will traverse Quezon City and Caloocan in Metro Manila, and is envisioned to spur business and commerce at its inter-modal terminal station in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. According to the PPP Center website, the project is 33.95% complete as of September 30, 2018.

The MRT-7 project will cost an estimated US$ 1.54 billion or PHP 62.7 billion.[2]


Universal LRT Corporation BVI (ULC), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), was selected by the Department of Transportation and Communications to build the MRT Line 7 in 2008. SMC tapped the consortium of Hyundai Rotem and EEI Corporation as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The Department of Finance issued the terms of financial guarantee for MRT-7 in 2014, and financial closure for the project was achieved in February 2016.[3] The project was developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) and it has an indicative cost of ₱62.7 billion.

The new line will include a 22.8 kilometer of a mostly elevated railway line with 14 stations. The project also includes construction of a 22 kilometer highway from the NLEX Bocaue Interchange, up to the proposed intermodal transport terminal (ITT) located near San Jose del Monte station.


MRT Line 7 will start at San Jose del Monte station located in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and will end at the Unified Grand Central Station in Quezon City. Its depot will be located before San Jose del Monte station.


Upon completion, MRT Line 7 will have 14 stations along its route.

Name Structure Type Transfers Location
San Jose del Monte Depressed none San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Tala Elevated Caloocan
Sacred Heart At-grade
Quirino Elevated Quezon City
Mindanao Avenue Elevated
Regalado Avenue Elevated
Doña Carmen Elevated
Manggahan At-Grade
Batasan Elevated
Don Antonio Elevated
Tandang Sora Elevated
University Avenue Depressed
Quezon Memorial Depressed
North Avenue Elevated LRT-1
Metro Manila Subway


Construction progress of the Batasan Station along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City as of August 2018.

Soil testing and surveying, including pre-construction related activities were conducted on February 2016.[4] A groundbreaking event was held on April 20, 2016, and was attended by President Benigno Aquino III.[5] MRT Line 7 is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019, according to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade.[6]

Construction of the MRT Line 7 officially started at August 15, 2017, and has resulted in lane closures and heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue and Quirino Highway in Quezon City.[7][8][6] A total of 160 informal settler families will be relocated to Tanay, Rizal and in Bulacan since they will be affected by the construction of the North Avenue and Quezon Memorial station.[6]

Groundbreaking for Batasan station was held on October 7, 2017,[9] while the excavation phase for the underground guideway at Quezon Memorial Circle is ongoing as of November 2017.[6] Construction of the station and rail track at North Avenue began on January 22, 2018.[10]

Because of a right-of-way issue regarding the acquisition of a 33-hectare plot of land for the San Jose del Monte Station, depot and the intermodal transport terminal (ITT), the scheduled opening of MRT Line 7 was pushed back to 2020.[11]

Rolling stock

MRT Line 7 will be operated with 108 rail cars in a three-car configuration. Hyundai Rotem was awarded a $440.2 million contract to supply 108 metro cars, which will be configured into 36 train sets. The contractual scope also includes signalling, communications and power supplies for the metro line. As of June 2018, 45 out of 108 train cars have been completed and cannot be delivered from South Korea due to the non-availability of a depot.[11]

Rolling stock First-generation
Year 2019
Manufacturer Hyundai Rotem
Number Built (cars) 108 (ordered)[12][13]
Width 3,150 mm
Body Material Stainless steel
Configuration MC-MT-MC (3-car at 65,450 mm)
MC-MT-MC-MC-MT-MC (6-car)
Doors Interior sliding type;
Traction System
Traction Power
Traction Controller
Traction Motor
Top Speed
Status Ordered

See also


  1. ^ "Hyundai Rotem trains for Manila Line MRT-7". International Railway Journal. January 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "SMC vows to finish MRT 7 project by August 2019". Public–Private Partnership Center. April 28, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Camus, Miguel R. (February 17, 2016). "With funds secured, MRT-7 to run by '19". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Daxim L. Lucas (15 Feb 2016). "SMC seals financing for P63B MRT-7 commuter project". Inquirer. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Construction Begins for MRT Line 7, Connecting QC to Bulacan". PropertyAsiaPH. 20 Apr 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "DoTr: Expect traffic slowdown on Quirino Highway due to MRT-7 construction". GMA News Online. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Brace for heavy traffic on Commonwealth Avenue as MRT-7 construction starts". GMA News Online. August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Motorists told to avoid Quirino Highway due to MRT7 construction". Rappler. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  9. ^ Cordero, Ted (October 7, 2017). "Concrete pouring at MRT-7 Batasan Station in QC begins". GMA News Online. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Galvez, James Konstantin (January 20, 2018). "Heavy traffic expected with MRT-7 construction". The Manila Times. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Right-of-way issue hounds MRT 7". BusinessWorld Online. August 7, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Barrow, Keith. "Hyundai Rotem trains for Manila Line MRT-7". Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "Hyundai Rotem wins $440mn turn-key project in Philippines". Pulse News. Retrieved July 17, 2016.

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