PRRD leads lowering of tunnel boring machine of Metro Manila subway

PRRD leads lowering of tunnel boring machine of Metro Manila subway


There is still time to work for the country.


This seemed to be the battle cry of outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as he lead the lowering of the first and historic Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) and the test run at its Valenzuela Depot this Independence Day.


“The MMSP is real under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. We successfully carried out the historic lowering of the TBM, which will signal that the underground works for it have begun,” Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said in a social media post.

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“We also inspected the Valenzuela depot and tested the state-of-the-art simulator training equipment of the Philippine Railways Institute (PRI).

The simulator can help a lot as we build and finish projects sharpening the skills of our railway personnel,” he added.

The DoTr said it is speeding the construction of the subway’s partial operability section from Valenzuela to North Avenue.

Dubbed by the DoTr as the “Project of the Century,” the MMSP will be the first underground mass transit system in the Philippines – a modern railway system that will be at par with the rest of the world.

Funded by the Japanese government, the subway is a 33-kilometer rail line that will stretch from Valenzuela City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

The project is expected to reduce travel time between Quezon City and NAIA from one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes.

Once operational, the train line can accommodate up to 370,000 passengers per day in its first year of operations.




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