The Department of Transportation said the construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is now 50.69 percent complete as of January 15.
The agency said the civil works of the underground/depressed, at grade, and elevated guideway of the rail line were in various stages of construction, while the civil works of the nine stations were at full blast.
DOTr added that for the rolling stock and electrical and mechanical works, 108 cars were completed, while the installation of track works were underway.
The P69.3-billion MRT 7 project, which will have 14 stations, is being built by SMC Mass Rail Transit 7 Inc. under SMC’s infrastructure subsidiary San Miguel Holdings Inc.
San Miguel tapped Hyundai Rotem and EEI consortium to build the railway line which will have stations at North Ave., Quezon Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose del Monte.
Once completed by 2021, the 22-kilometer rail line will reduce travel time between Quezon City and San Jose del Monte City from two to three hours to only 35 minutes.
It will also be inter-connected with LRT-1, MRT-3 and the Metro Manila Subway via the Common Station in North Avenue.
MRT 7 will be the second major project of the infrastructure arm of San Miguel.
The DOTr earlier issued the notice of award to San Miguel for the planned P734-billion Bulacan International Airport project.
Under the notice, SMHC will undertake the financing, design, construction, supply, completion, testing, commissioning and operation and maintenance of the new international gateway.
The Bulacan International Airport is expected to start construction by the end of the year operate within four to six years.
San Miguel tapped the services of Groupe ADPi, Meinhardt Group and Jacobs Engineering to design and build the New Manila International Airport in Bulakan, Bulacan province.