Subway Service for Passengers Will Begin 2025
The service for passengers of the Metro Manila Subway will begin by 2025.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the base fare may start at P22 with an additional P2 per kilometre depending on the distance. Transportation Undersecretary Timothy Batan said that some facilities of the subway may operate by the end of the year.
"We will have some of our key facilities operational by the end of 2021. So, that's going to include East Valenzuela station, the Philippine Railways Institute, the depot for the subway," he said. "So, that's what we will be seeing by the end of the year but full operations and regular passenger service will begin by 2025."
As for the base fare, Batan said, “That's the fare that we projected, and based on our earlier study, this is going to be sufficient to cover operating cost.”
Batan also dispelled concerns that the construction of the project - priced at P350 billion - would cause more traffic.
"One of the advantages here is aside from being faster than your usual reconditional methods, it will have less interference in the traffic above ground," he said, talking about the tunnel boring machine.
"It's going to adapt Japanese technology because that's one of the conditions in our loan agreement with Japan. So, our designers, general consultants [and] contractors are all going to be Japanese for the subway," he added.
Last week, the DOTr unveiled a part of the tunnel boring machine.
The Metro Manila subway project is the first of its kind. This runs from Valenzuela City to Bicutan, Paranaque and the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City.