Metro Rail Transit Line 7, also known as MRT Line 7 or MRT-7, is still on course for opening late next year, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said. 

According to SMC CEO and President Ramon Ang, the opening of the new rail line remains unchanged despite lower passenger volume estimates. 

Ang said their target of servicing 300,000 people daily will have to be adjusted to fit social distancing and health protocols implemented during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Given the need for social distancing and limited capacity enforced in public transportation amid the constant threat of COVID-19, we don’t expect to achieve these numbers right away,” he shared. 

“Rest assured, the trains will serve their purpose of bringing more people from Quezon City to Bulacan faster and safer post-pandemic,” he added.

Once fully operational, MRT-7 will significantly decrease travel time between the cities of Quezon City and Bulacan. Instead of the more than one hour trip by bus or car, it’ll be whittled down to only 35 minutes. 

It will have a total of 14 stations, which will be erected in the following areas: Quezon North Avenue Joint Station, Quezon Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Dona Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala, and San Jose del Monte.

Ang notes that as the economy readies itself for opening, the MRT-7 will closely follow suit and provide needed transportation service to Filipinos.

“As we expect the economy to continue to open more especially in the coming years, MRT-7 will be ready in time to serve the public as our economy rebounds and resumes growth,” he said. 

On Monday (October 25), SMC finished mounting an additional two Hyundai Rotem train sets on the tracks of the MRT-7. 

Before the year ends, the conglomerate assured that it’ll install six of the total 36 sets of trains for the transit line. 

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