THE Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is now 62.1% complete, Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said in a social media post on Friday.  

“[The] delivery of brand-new trains from South Korea is already ongoing,” Mr. Tugade said.  

Upon completion, the MRT-7 is expected to have a capacity that can accommodate 300,000 passengers in its first year of full operations. The Transportation secretary said its capacity can increase to up to 850,000 in its 12th year.  

“Once completed, the 22-kilometer railway will link North Avenue, Quezon City and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, reducing travel time from the present two to three hours to just 35 minutes,” Mr. Tugade said. 

The construction of the railway began in August 2016. Mr. Tugade noted it took almost 20 years from the submission of the unsolicited proposal for the MRT-7 before work on the project commenced.   

The P63-billion project, done in partnership with San Miguel Corp., has three major components. These are the mass railway transit system, an intermodal transportation terminal, and a highway from San Jose del Monte to Bocaue, Bulacan spanning 19 kilometers. — Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte