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New MRT line to Bulacan launched

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By 2020, hundreds of thousands of commuters can enjoy a faster and more convenient railway travel between Metro Manila and Bulacan province under the Aquino administration’s major infrastructure project.

The construction for the P69.3-billion Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7 is now underway following the groundbreaking ceremony attended by President Aquino in Quezon City yesterday.

The latest public-private partnership project includes a 23-kilometer elevated railway line with 14 stations from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan to MRT 3 North Avenue in Quezon City. It also involves the construction of a 22-kilometer asphalt road from Bocaue Interchange of the North Luzon Expressway to the planned intermodal transportation terminal in San Jose del Monte.

“Ito na nga po ang kauna-unahang mass transport system na magdadala ng benepisyo sa ating mga kababayan sa Northeast NCR hanggang sa bahagi ng Bulacan. Ang mga nakatira malapit dito sa Quezon Memorial Circle, sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue at Fairview, hanggang sa mga taga-San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, ay magkakaroon na ng mas mabilis at episyenteng paraan para makarating sa kanilang mga trabaho, pati na sa iba pang sentro ng komersyo sa Kamaynilaan,” Aquino said during the MRT-7 groundbreaking at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Aquino said travel between San Jose del Monte and Makati, that currently takes three and a half hours, will be cut down to just one hour. “At di ho ba, napakalaking ginhawa nito?” Aquino asked.

The President thanked the MRT-7 builders led by San Miguel Corporation for venturing into the big-ticket infrastructure project. He said this was proof of the investors’ confidence in government that will not take advantage but look after the welfare of the majority.

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