The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and BF Corporation and Foresight Development and Surveying Company Consortium have signed a contract for the design and construction of the unified grand central station or the common station.
Located at the north end of EDSA, the common station marks the intersection of four railway lines – the LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the Metro Manila Subway. It aims to provide a seamless transfer of passengers from one rail line to another.
The common station will feature a transit area for the riding public and an automated fare collection system which will give commuters better point-to-point mobility and comfort. It is expected to serve approximately 500,000 passengers daily upon completion.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade led the signing ceremony at the site of the construction, together with Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Reinier Paul Yebra and Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan who signed the contract on behalf of the DOTr.
Sec. Tugade stressed the importance of the common station — interoperability, inter-modality and interconnectivity. Those three are key elements in making the Filipino life comfortable,” Secretary Tugade said.
With the location of the common station stalled since 2009, DOTr Secretary Tugade, in the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, met with all parties involved and got them to agree on a location.
The common ctation is a 13,700-square meter concourse comprised of three areas: Area A under the DOTr, Area B under Ayala Land Inc., and Area C under the MRT-7 Project facilitated by San Miguel Corporation (SMC). Since the groundbreaking in 2017, Ayala Land Inc. has started the construction of Area B.
Area A is set to be completed by 2020, while the entire common ctation is expected to be operational by 2022.
Construction of the common station is one of many projects under the Build, Build, Build Program of the Duterte administration.
Secretary Tugade stressed that “groundbreaking is one thing. Completion of a project is another thing. If you do not complete the project with the quality expected and within the timeline formulated, I will hold you accountable in the books.”