MANILA, Philippines – The construction and operations of the Makati Public Rail Transport (PRT) is expected to generate some 6,000 jobs, the mayor said on Monday, November 12.
The subway project, whose construction starts this year, is targeted to be completed by 2023.
It is a joint venture between the city government of Makati and a consortium of local and foreign investors. The 30-year concession covers maintenance and repair of the coaches and the control hub.
“The Makati subway project will create around 6,000 new jobs for Makatizens and numerous economic opportunities just for the construction and operation of the train system alone,” Makati Mayor Abigail Binay said in a media release.
“This does not include additional jobs which will be created as a result of the efficient transport system in the city,” she said.
Binay added that with this subway, Makati is “laying the groundwork for more advanced infrastructure and projects so our children can continue to be proud of the city they live in.”
Here’s the PRT system at a glance:
- 2 tracks, with the system spanning 10 kilometers
- 18-hour daily operations
- 10 underground stations, with 30 entrances linked to key city destinations
- Air-conditioned coaches
- Capacity of 200 persons per car
- 27,000 passengers can be accommodated per hour on each direction
- 12 trains will be operational during the first year, with 3- to 6-minute intervals; future target of 18 trains, with 2- to 4-minute intervals
The subway also promises to provide links to other transport stations, parking stations, and transport feeders outside the business districts. – Rappler.com