Tugade wants immediate partial operability for MRT-4 project – Manila Bulletin
Commuters would not have to wait until 2028 to enjoy the convenience of Metro Rail Line 4 (MRT-4) as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will implement a partial operability scheme for the project.
This was announced by Transport Secretary Arthur P. Tugade on Friday October 1 during the signing of the contract for the detailed architectural and technical design consultancy of the MRT-4 project at the Rizal Capitol in Antipolo City.
“I saw the completion of the project is 2028. I want the concept of partial operability to be implemented in the designs, in the projects, so that we do not wait for the completion of the project until 2028. So that the people of Rizal can enjoy and enjoy the benefits of the MRT-4, ”Tugade said in his speech.
Tugade also asked the project’s design consultant, IDOM Consulting Engineering, Architecture, SA, to include the concept of immediate operability in its design.
Under the agreement, IDOM will prepare preliminary design, detailed engineering and tender designs, loan processing documents, financial and economic appraisals, project / loan backup documents and tender documents for the project.
The Spain-based company was also responsible for determining the appropriate mode of transport along the route and providing the ridership validation methodology.
According to the DOTr, the total contract cost for the consulting project is $ 28.967 million, or approximately 1.4 billion pesos.
Spain’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Jorge Moragas Sanchez, said the project will bring social and economic benefits to Rizal province, while solving congestion issues in the region.
“I can only imagine the great economic improvement that this project will contribute to the lives of the citizens and communities of the province of Rizal. Once the MRT-4 is completed and operational, it will improve economic and commercial connectivity. Of course, not to mention the improvement it will bring to the congestion problem here in this area, ”Sanchez said.
For her part, Rizal Governor Rebecca Alcantara Ynares said the MRT-4 is another project that will benefit the people of Rizal.
Funded by official development assistance from the Asian Development Bank, the MRT-4 project is a rail mass transit system that aims to connect the eastern part of Metro Manila with the densely populated areas of Rizal Province. .
The railway will pass through the towns of Mandaluyong, San Juan, Quezon, Pasig and the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal with 11 stations proposed namely N. Domingo, Col. Bonny Serrano, Greenhills, EDSA, Meralco Ave., Rosario, St Joseph, Cainta Junction, Tikling Junction, Manila East Road and Taytay.
The rail line is expected to solve the problem of massive traffic and limited road capacities in the overcrowded areas of eastern Metro Manila once operational, as well as increase employment, livelihood and employment opportunities. business for Filipinos.
The design phase of the project is scheduled for Q4 2021, while the start of the first works is scheduled for Q2 2022.
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