With the upcoming infrastructures in the metro, the future of urban life looks promising
Those living in Metro Manila are no strangers to the challenges that come with it. The heavy traffic in almost every city reduces the time to be productive in the office and in homes. Who hasn’t had or even heard stories of missing out on meetings and special occasions from getting caught in traffic? Thus, the national government has been developing plans and initiating efforts to ease the congestion along the streets and highways. Of course, building these infrastructures would not be possible without the collaboration of different industries. These upcoming projects are something we can all look forward to. Having these new infrastructures will certainly make life in the city easier and comfortable.
Scroll below to know about the future projects that will be operational for the incoming years.
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Metro Manila Subway Project
The construction of subways within the metro is easily one of the most efficient solutions to the increasingly heavy traffic. With a target of carrying 1.5 million passengers a day, the 36 km-long subway will help alleviate congestion in public transport. The subway stations will cover avenues like Mindanao, Tandang Sora, North, Katipunan, Ortigas business district, Makati, and Kalayaan. You can look forward to slashing your travel time from Quezon City to NAIA in 40 minutes. This is indeed a great improvement than your typical two hours. The subway will also be connected to PNR Calamba, PNR Clark, and the Common Station.
Sangley Point International Airport
In 2023, the national government expects this airport in Cavite to break ground. By then, there will be domestic flights to Balesin, El Nido, and Aklan, together with international ones. The airport can possibly reduce congestion at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Apart from constructing new runways, the officials are also eyeing to build a bridge extending CAVITEx (Manila-Cavite Expressway) to reach Sangley Airport. This makes it easier to travel from Metro Manila to Sangley within 35 minutes. We have to look forward to it as the first flight already began this February with Alphaland’s commercial flight and Cebgo’s cargo operation.
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Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7
Targeted to open in 2021, Line 7 of the MRT will be stationed along Quirino Highway of Quezon City. This will connect North Avenue, Quezon City and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Travel time will be reduced to an estimated two hours and 34 minutes. The 14 stations will cover avenues from Quezon, Regalado, Sacred Heart, to San Jose del Monte. The MRT 7 will also be linked with the Department of Tourism’s transport gateway that will house Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1, MRT 3, and the future Metro Manila Subway.
Clark International Airport
The latest infrastructure in what can be considered the new air traffic and logistics hub in the northern part of the country has been witnessing the steady influx of travelers. With airlines like Emirates Airways, Qatar Airways, and Philippine Airlines (PAL) flying almost every hour, it has become easier to have domestic and international flights. Clark Aiport continues to contribute to reducing congestion in NAIA. After all, it can carry flights to and from Dubai, Singapore, cities in South Korea like Seoul and Incheon, and different parts in the Philippines.
The new passenger terminal is set to hit eight million travelers in total for the year. This is twice the capacity of the old terminal’s annual four million passengers. It is indeed an exciting improvement, especially with the new and elegant exteriors. The rooftop will celebrate Philippine design. It reflects the mountain ranges of Mt. Arayat and Mt. Pinatubo, evocative of a tropical design that uses local materials like bamboo.
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You can expect several bridges and highways to be built in the metro soon. After all, The Build, Build, Build project has revisited its list of infrastructures last year. Only 32 projects remained from the initial list in 2016 yet about 68 were added. You can look forward to bridges from Ortigas to Bonifacio Global City; Unified Grand Central Station connecting LRT 1, MRT 3, MRT 7, and MMSP; and Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 that connects Balintawak to Buendia. For Manila, there will be bridges from Baseco to Parola, Rizal; Antonio Villegas in Ermita to Carlos Palanca; and the new Lambinga Bridge in Sta. Ana, Manila.
New Manila International Airport in Bulacan
In spite of the claims in the delayed construction, San Miguel Corp declares the construction of the airport will begin this year. They are targeting it to be finished in the next six years. The airport aims to have a design three times bigger than NAIA. There are four parallel runways that extend to six, three passenger terminals, and 100 million travelers. However, the past months witnessed further delays in the construction with the pending review of the Department of Justice. Nevertheless, the ongoing story is a point of interest for frequent travelers.