The construction of the long-delayed project establishing a common station that will link Metro Rail Transit Line 3, Metro Rail Transit Line 7, and the Light Railway Transit Line 1 is set to commence in December after a delay of almost eight years.
A Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works and Highways, San Miguel Corporation, North Triangle Depot Commercial Corporation-Ayala Corporation, Light Rail Manila Corporation, and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. has been signed as a first step in finally realizing this long-awaited project.
The common station, which will be built under a Public-Private Partnership Project and cost P2.8 billion, will be located at the North Avenue station of the MRT-3.
The MOA includes details of the common station’s design, which will then become the reference of detailed designs to be developed. The design emphasizes on passenger comfort and ease of transfer, according to the Department of Transportation, citing that passengers will only have to walk between 50 and 200 meters between railway lines within the station.
Under the MOA, there will be three Areas located in the station:
Area A, the platform and concourse for LRT-1 and MRT-3 are located. To be financed and built by Department of Transportation. The operation, maintenance, and development will be split between LRMC for LRT-1 and DOTr for MRT-3.
Area B where the two concourses connecting Areas A and C are located. This will be financed and built by North Triangle Depot Commercial Corporation. The Ayala subsidiary will also operate and maintain this area.
Area C where the platform for MRT-7 is located. This area will be financed and built by San Miguel, which will also operate, maintain, and develop the area.