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|MRT Line 7|
|Locale||Metro Manila and Bulacan|
|Termini||San Jose del Monte|
|Daily ridership||300,000 (initial) |
800,000 (design capacity)
|Owner||Department of Transportation|
|Operator(s)||Universal LRT Corp BVI (ULC)|
|Rolling stock||Hyundai Rotem (108 train cars)|
|Line length||22.8 km|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
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.
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. 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.
|San Jose del Monte||Depressed||none||San Jose del Monte, Bulacan|
Metro Manila Subway
Soil testing and surveying, including pre-construction related activities were conducted on February 2016. A groundbreaking event was held on April 20, 2016, and was attended by President Benigno Aquino III. MRT Line 7 is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019, according to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade.
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. 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.
Groundbreaking for Batasan station was held on October 7, 2017, while the excavation phase for the underground guideway at Quezon Memorial Circle is ongoing as of November 2017. Construction of the station and rail track at North Avenue began on January 22, 2018.
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.
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.
|Number Built (cars)||108 (ordered)|
|Body Material||Stainless steel|
|Configuration||MC-MT-MC (3-car at 65,450 mm)|
|Doors||Interior sliding type;|