The Philippine government – under the Duterte administration – is focusing on the creation of key infrastructures – not only to boost economic growth and employment but – more so – to improve travel experience in and out of the country’s capital region.

The government plans to address the seemingly unsolvable traffic crisis of Metro Manila through its Build! Build! Build! Program, which is the centerpiece strategy of the administration aimed at ushering the ‘golden age of infrastructure’ in the Philippines. 

One of the many projects under this ambitious plan’s mantel is the Makati Intra-City Subway Line. The subway line is expected to connect different establishments within the business district, which will significantly ease the flow of people and goods.

If you’re interested in learning more about the ins and outs of this railway plan, then just scroll down to read everything we’ve compiled for you!

Overview

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Makati Intra-city Subway is a rapid transit line that will be built in Makati’s business district, specifically to connect key establishments in the city. 

The public railway project will be 11 kilometers long and will connect to existing and upcoming rail lines and infrastructure projects – MRT Line 3, the Pasig River Ferry Service, and the under-construction Metro Manila Subway or MRT-9.

The project has a price tag of $2.5 billion.

Route

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The subway, which will span a total of 6 miles, will run from Ayala Avenue in EDSA to Ospital ng Makati. It will be composed of 9 stations, which will be air-conditioned and situated below ground.

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The said stations will be built in these strategic points:

  1. Mile Long Property (Amorsolo Street)     
  2. Buendia Ave. Makati Fire station (Brgy. San Antonio & Brgy. La Paz)  
  3. Circuit Makati (Lucio Tan Property)          
  4. Makati City Hall Station (Brgy. Valenzuela & Brgy. Poblacion)
  5. Century City           
  6. Rockwell Station (Brgy. Poblacion & Brgy. Guadalupe Viejo)
  7. Makati Bliss Housing 
  8. Makati University Station 
  9. Ospital ng Makati Station (Brgy. Comembo)

It’s expected to reduce travel time between the two farthest points (Mile Long Property – Ospital ng Makati) to only 15 minutes. Once operational, the rail line is expected to serve 700,000 commuters per day.

Contractors

The construction of the Makati Intra-City Subway will be a joint venture between the Makati City Government and a private consortium of Filipino and Chinese companies – Philippine Infradev, Greenland Holdings Group, Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group Co. Ltd., Holdings Ltd., and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.

Apart from this, Philippine Infradev’s subsidiary company Makati City Subway Inc. (MCSI) formed a deal with Megaworld Corporation to build a common station for the Makati Intra-City Subway and the upcoming SkyTrain Project, which will connect both to MRT-3 and the Pasig River Ferry.

In March 2021, Makati City Subway Inc. signed an unincorporated joint venture with Richer Today Inc., which will be responsible for the financing, design, construction, development, marketing of lots in and around the Makati City Hall Station of the Makati City Subway Project.

Progress

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Preliminary work on the new rapid transit line began in December 2018 – near the Makati City Hall where a station will be put up. 

Soil testing on the train line’s stations was completed in July 2019. Meanwhile, pre-construction work such as clearing operations began in October of 2020 as well as the acquisition of right of way. 

At present, excavation work is being done at a construction site along Gil Puyat Avenue. 

In May this year, the first of the tunnel boring machines arrived, which is expected to fast-track excavation operations.

Official construction of the project is set to occur by 2023. It’s expected to be finished after seven years

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