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Makati subway

Makati City is probably the most congested urban center in the Philippines, with millions of workers trooping to the city every day. The traffic is monstrous and Makati must upgrade itself to become a modern and efficient metropolis.

Makati subway

But relief may soon come to the city with a ceremonial drilling Wednesday and the unveiling of the scale model of the Makati Subway System to signal the start of the project’s preparatory works. Makati Mayor Abigail Binay is naturally elated over the start of the project set for completion by 2023.

The Makati Subway, the first of its kind in the Philippines, is one ideal project that will decongest traffic and ease the plight of commuters within the city. The subway system, once completed, will serve up to 27,000 passengers per hour per direction. The system features an interval of three to six minutes between trains on the first year, with 12 operational trains.

The subway system will have two tracks, up to 10 underground stations, and air-conditioned coaches that can accommodate 200 people per car. The entire system will span 10 kilometers with a train yard, maintenance depot and central command center at the ground level.

The stations will have at least 30 station entrances linked to destinations across Makati, which will hopefully spur the growth of small and medium businesses. It will be linked to ferry transport, interchanges to the existing MRT 3 line, as well as potential links to the future Japan International Cooperation Agency-funded Metro Manila subway, and to future parking structures and transport feeders outside the existing business districts.

Similar railway projects within Makati City should be pursued. Alliance Global Group Inc. of tycoon Andrew Tan has proposed a two-kilometer monorail project that will connect the Fort Bonifacio financial district to the Guadalupe station of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 in Makati City. The conglomerate’s offer to build Skytrain is expected to benefit around 60,000 to 100,000 passengers daily.

Another monorail project aims to connect the Makati business district to Fort Bonifacio. Conglomerate Ayala Corp. earlier proposed a project to decongest Ayala Avenue and other major road arteries in the financial district, where traffic could come to a standstill during rush hours or after a downpour.

These proposed monorails will serve as the direct link of commuters to the main railway system and reduce the demand for buses and taxicabs that crowd major thoroughfares in Makati and Fort Bonifacio.

Makati’s subway and monorail projects will increase labor productivity and provide a cheaper and more convenient mode of transportation. They will also improve the city landscape and reduce carbon emissions.

Topics: Makati City , Philippines , Abigail Binay , Subway , Transportation , Monorail projects , Andrew Tan
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