The Philippines is nearly set to have its first subway system in a few years’ time, thanks to our country’s partnership with the Japanese government.
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade revealed this as part of the Duterte administration’s Build Build Build program this week.
The subway project, which is estimated to cost P227 million, will be listed under the national budget and is expected to positively impact the country’s ailing train systems as well as further uplift the economy.
So is this really the solution to the hellish Metro Manila traffic? Your guess is as good as ours, but here are five good things we can expect from having this subway system.
1) It will serve over 300,000 people
The Mega Manila Subway has the capacity to transport around 350,000 passengers daily within the bustling cities of Metro Manila. This is more than half the capacity of the MRT, which currently stands at roughly 500,000 passengers.
Needless to say, this alternative mode of transportation will help in decongesting our already-tight streets and lessen the volume of commuters on our crowded trains, buses, and jeeps.
2) It’s really fast
According to Secretary Tugade, you can reach Taguig City from Quezon City in just 31 minutes if you use the subway system. It’s kind of obvious what you would go for given the choice of either driving or commuting for over an hour versus less than half that time without the hassle of looking for parking space or getting sweaty under the Manila sun.
3) It’s a direct link to the NAIA
One of the best things about the Mega Manila Subway is that it has thirteen proposed stations, including one at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Just imagine how convenient it would be to actually make it in time for your flight without having to power through Manila's busy streets.
The proposed stations are at:
-Bonifacio Global City
-Food Terminal Incorporated
4) It’s going to be Japanese-made
Since this is a partnership with the Japanese government, it's safe to assume that they'll have a hand in the design. The country could also use their expertise in earthquake safety, which they can incorporate into life-saving features of the subway system.
5) It’s an extra option
Having all the extra options we can get is exactly what we need so we don’t get stuck in the hot mess that is Manila’s traffic. Right now, one of the fastest ways to get to Taguig, say in the BGC area, is to ride the MRT and get off at the Ayala station, where you'll then need to ride a bus.
But once this subway system is built, you’ll have the option to simply hop on at a station in the QC area (if you’re from the North) and it'll take just one ride to reach BGC.
Of course, this ambitious project is going to cause massive traffic during the construction phase, which is to last from 2019 to 2024. But hey, you can only truly enjoy the good things once you’ve gone through the bad experiences first, right? And most of us already know how that feels.