Heads Up, Commuters: The MRT-LRT Common Station Is Shaping Up
It will eventually connect the LRT 1, MRT 3, and other train lines.
(SPOT.ph) Commuting in Metro Manila has always been on a whole other level of difficult, but it looks like North folks have something new to look forward to! The Common Station linking two train lines in the Metro is finally coming together, with at least one section, Area B, at 96% completion, according to the Department of Transportation.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently posted pictures of the Common Station's Area B on their Facebook page. Situated near the corner of North Avenue and EDSA, the Common Station looks like it's finally taking shape with impressive-looking high ceilings, and a massive lobby that looks big enough to accommodate the thousand of commuters who transverse the Metro every day.
Officially dubbed the Unified Grand Central Station, it will connect a total of four train lines: first, the existing Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3) and the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT 1), and eventually the MRT 7 and the Metro Manila Subway. Once fully operational in 2021, the DOTr expects 478,000 passengers to use the Common Station daily.
Construction of Area B was awarded to the Ayala Corporation. Area C, which is beside SM North EDSA was given to the San Miguel Corporation, while BF Corporation is in charge of Area A. Platforms for LRT 1 and MRT 3 will be located at Area A, which is slated for a 2020 deadline, according to the DOTr.