PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will pursue subway projects as part of the plan to ease Metro Manila traffic congestion, Transportation Undersecretary for Rails and Toll Roads Noel Kintanar said on Tuesday, August 16.
“If we plan this well, the commuter will be given choice, and by that, we can distribute congestion rather than concentrate it on one or two lines,” Kintanar told “Gridlock: An ANC Forum on the Transportation Crisis.”
According to Kintanar, the subway will be connected to Metro Manila’s other transportation systems, including Metro Rail Transit Line 3 on EDSA, and Line 1 and 2 of the Light Rail Transit Line.
He added that the government is considering to build it under a public-private partnership.
Earlier on July, Kintanar submitted a plan to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, suggesting to have rail transport as as the alternative to cars. The plan includes building subterranean railways.
He said that the construction of elevated railways on-ground would bring the city to a stop, so they plan to use tunnel-boring machines so that “life goes on in the surface.”
In Kintanar’s proposal, Line 4 that will run through the eastern side of Metro Manila while Line 5 subway will run through, Pasay, Makati, and Taguig.
Line 6, on the other hand, will run up to Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Line 7, which is now under construction, will run from Commonwealth in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.