Recently, there has been news of the country’s Department of Transportation and Comminication (DOTC) eyeing to build a subway system for Metro Manila to connect the Mall of Asia area to the business districts of Makati and Fort Bonifacio.
The DOTC is said to be eyeing 2 possible alignments for this line:
-following the 26th St. line in Fort Bonifacio, with stations at Market!Market!, McKinley Parkway, 5th Ave., Ayala-EDSA, Ayala Triangle, Makati Post Office, PNR Buendia, Buendia-Taft Ave., World Trade Center, Mall of Asia, and EDSA-Taft Avenue.
-following the 32nd St. line in Fort Bonifacio, with stations at Market!Market!, St. Luke’s Medical Center, MRT3 Buendia Station, Ayala-EDSA, Ayala Triangle, Makati Post Office, PNR Buendia, Buendia-Taft Ave., World Trade Center, Mall of Asia, and EDSA-Taft Avenue.
Currently a feasibility study is being conducted to gauge whether this is a viable project For the metropolis, a study expected to be completed before the end of this year.
Then again, considering the track record of the DOTC in the past 5 years or so, the Urban Roamer does not want to hold his breath. The DOTC can’t get its act together that long planned Line 1 South Extension which has been stuck in “planning hell” for more than 10 years now. Heck, they can’t even begin constructing the Line 2 East Extension which has been in planning for 7 years or so and only entails construction of two stations. Only two stations and the DOTC is still freaking clueless on when and how to get it started.
I wish that the project will push through in some form or another, even if it won’t involve a subway. But as noted earlier, let us not get too pumped up for this one just yet.