Unified Grand Central Station for rail trains in Metro Manila nears completion

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Unified Grand Central Station
The Unified Grand Central Station’s uniquely designed ceiling and massive lobby welcomes the DOTr inspection team in December 2019. Photo from DOTr Facebook.

More good news for commuters: The Unified Grand Central Station that will connect four different train lines under just one roof is almost complete.

The central station, also known as Area B Common Station located near TriNoma in North EDSA, Quezon City, was found to be 96% complete during the inspection conducted by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in December 2019.

The central hub’s most noticeable features are its stunning and uniquely designed ceiling and its estimated 13,700-square-meter huge lobby that is expected to accommodate around 478,000 passengers once fully operational.

The Train Station would connect the existing Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT 1), Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3), Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT 7), and the Metro Manila Subway that is currently being constructed.

The Construction of Area B Common Station (which will interconnect Area A and Area C) was awarded to Ayala Corporation. Construction for Area C located beside SM North EDSA was assigned to San Miguel Corporation. BF Corporation is in charge of Area A.

The construction of the Unified Grand Central Station is being done round the clock as the DOTr aims to finish it by 2021.

More transportation innovations in the Philippines have been seen recently, among them, the ongoing construction of LRT-1 Cavite that will shorten travel time to Metro Manila, the planned resumption of the Bicol Express Train route, and new train and routes between Laguna and Metro Manila.

The transportation sector had also recently started two water routes for the Cavite-Manila travel and resumed the Pasig River ferry services. Easing of travel congestion is also expected with the upcoming opening of Skyway connector road and the operation of the first Philippine subway.

SEND cheers to the commuting public and the transportation sector for finding ways to make travel time faster and more convenient in the Philippines!

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