MANILA, Philippines – To end the impasse over the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) proposed common station, infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) is suggesting that the train station be constructed in the middle of SM North EDSA and TriNoma malls.
MPIC Chairman Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan said in an interview with reporters that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) should considering putting a common station in the middle of both malls.
“That is what we suggested. There could be one exit to TriNoma and one exit to SM,” Pangilinan said.
DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has been pushing for the construction of a second common station in front of SM North EDSA to interconnect LRT1 and the proposed P63-billion ($1.49-billion) MRT7 of Universal LRT Corporation (ULC) owned by San Miguel Holdings Corporation of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC).
DOTC previously picked TriNoma mall of conglomerate Ayala Corporation as the site of the P1.4-billion ($31.74-million) common station to house MRT3 along EDSA and LRT1 from Taft Avenue.
The transfer of the proposed common station to the TriNoma mall instead of SM City North EDSA is still pending with the Supreme Court.
Ayala Corporation previously said that it is open to have two common stations. But MPIC president Jose Ma. K. Lim said putting up two common stations would be inefficient.
“What we heard was that there are two stations which we think is not very efficient. There should be one station for all 3 lines – LRT1, MRT3, and MRT7,” Lim added.
MPIC and the Ayala group are partners in the Light Rail Manila Consortium that was awarded the P65- billion ($1.47-billion) LRT1 Cavite extension project that would extend the mass rail transit system all the way to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite from Baclaran in Pasay City. – Rappler.com
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