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DOTr says MRT-7 is over 60% done

Trains are scheduled for first test runs in December

Are you eagerly waiting for the MRT-7's completion? PHOTO FROM GODDES HOPE OLIVEROS-LIBIRAN

After numerous right-of-way issues and setbacks because of the ongoing pandemic, construction of the MRT-7 line is now 62.1% complete. That’s according to a Facebook post made by the Department of Transportation’s communications head Goddes Hope Oliveros-Libiran. The several train sets which have been delivered from South Korea last year are scheduled for test runs this December.

Last year, several trains were delivered from South Korea. PHOTOS FROM GODDES HOPE OLIVEROS-LIBIRAN

To give a bit of a refresher, the MRT-7 will connect Bulacan and Quezon City with end stations at San Jose del Monte and North Avenue (right in front of SM North EDSA and TriNoma). The line aims to reduce travel time between the two places to just 35 minutes (from two to three hours).

We're looking forward to the 35-minute hop between Bulacan and Quezon City. PHOTOS FROM GODDES HOPE OLIVEROS-LIBIRAN

Let’s set politics aside first for the moment and appreciate the fact that work on improving the Philippines’ transport infrastructure is already in full swing. Having reliable mass-transit systems is one of the ways to help decongest our roads and make commuting safer and more convenient for everybody.

Sam Surla

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