Parts of tunnel boring machine for MM subway arrive

Parts of tunnel boring machine for MM subway arrive

Its finally happening.
What might be the biggest ticket in the Duterte administration’s BUILD BUILD BUILD for the country is finally coming to a start.

Parts of the tunnel boring machine for the Metro Manila Subway Project have started to arrive in the country.

                       President Duterte and what would be one of his legacy for the Philippines- the Metro Manila Subway                                (photo credit to owner)

Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddess Hope Libiran said that the cutter head of the boring machine arrived in the Batangas Port last March 28.

Tunneling works for the subway system will start next year.
“Tunneling in between stations with the use of TBM (tunnel boring machine) will start by the second quarter of next year. The digging and excavation for stations will start 4th quarter of this year,” Libiran told reporters.
“After the station boxes are excavated, the TBM will be lowered into the station box so that it can proceed with the boring/tunneling between station boxes,” she added.

It was confided by Transportation Secretary in an earlier interview that the excavation would be at around five million cubic meters of soil equivalent to 2,500 Olympic sized pools.
A 6.9-meter diameter tunnel boring machine weighing over 600 tons manufactured by Japanese firm Hitachi Zosen Sakai Works will be used for the construction of the Metro Manila Subway.

As per the project plan, the Metro Manila Subway project will be 36 kilometers and will have 15 stations from Quirino Highway in Quezon City to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City and FTI in Taguig City which will traverse seven localities and pass through three of Metro Manila’s business districts.
Partial operations are set at around 2022, with three stations namely Quirino Highway-Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue,full 100% operations will be in 2025.
The Metro Manila Subway project is expected to serve up to 370,000 passengers daily during its first year of full operations with a design capacity of accommodating up to 1.5 million passengers per day. 

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Report from PNA

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