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MRT-7 to operate Quezon City section with 12 stations by end of 2025

Partial operations will commence in the 4th quarter of next year

Expect MRT-7 operations to begin next year if things go right. PHOTO FROM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The Quezon City section of the new MRT-7 line is expected to be up and running by the fourth quarter of next year, according to Transportation assistant secretary for railways Jorjette Aquino.

The Department of Transportation official unveiled the news during a Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas briefing. “We will have partial operations of 12 stations by the end of 2025, and we expect that the next station—Station 13 (Tala Station)—will be operational by the end of 2026,” she said.

Following the opening of the Tala Station in Caloocan City, the San Jose del Monte Station in Bulacan is expected to be finished in 2027, once “alignment issues” have been resolved, according to Aquino. These issues refer to the route of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 and right-of-way issues in Bulacan that emerged while the project was already underway.

Once completed, 14 stations will connect Quezon City to Bulacan. PHOTOS FROM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

According to the DOTr, local government officials from SJDM asked for the Bulacan section to be realigned, claiming the original route was “too tight” and was affecting several buildings in the area. Aquino mentioned that the department was already working with the SJDM LGU on this.

“Our dialogue with San Jose del Monte is currently ongoing,” she shared. “We are scheduling for an inspection this June with DOTr, San Miguel Corporation, and SJDM LGU to see their proposed alignment and station location. If our talks with the LGU continue and we finalize the alignment that’s beneficial to passengers, we expect its completion by 2027.”

Once finished, MRT-7 will be 22km long and have 14 stations along its route that will connect Quezon City and San Jose del Monte, reducing the travel time between the NCR and Bulacan to just 35 minutes.

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