The once dubbed killer highway will now have its own MRT. Hopefully. With the project named MRT 7 getting DOTC endorsement, now awaiting PNoy’s approval, the planned mass transit will originate from North EDSA, pass along Commonwealth and end in San Jose Del Monte Bulacan.
Project was said to have been delayed for 4 years now, planned as early as 2009. Winning contractors have sold their interests on the project, and the rights have now ended with San Miguel Holdings Corp, who is very much eager to start construction.
Planned stations, as mentioned from Wikipedia, are as follows:
- North Avenue – (Quezon City)
- Quezon Memorial – (Quezon City)
- University Avenue – (Quezon City)
- Tandang Sora – (Quezon City)
- Don Antonio – (Quezon City)
- Batasan – (Quezon City)
- Manggahan – (Quezon City) where Litex Market is located, close to Litex Road leading to Rodriguez, Rizal
- Doña Carmen – (Quezon City) another usual exit for shuttles and vans from Montalban to Commonwealth
- Regalado Highway – (Quezon City)
- Mindanao Avenue – (Quezon City)
- Quirino – (Quezon City)
- Sacred Heart – (Quezon City)
- Tala – (North Caloocan City)
- Araneta – (San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan)
Hoping that in the long run, this provides better and faster transportation alternatives to Commonwealth users and commuters, such as residents of Rodriguez, Rizal. Likewise, hoping that construction commences soon so we reap the benefits as soon as possible. Fingers crossed though that construction does not result to uber heavy traffic jams in Commonwealth avenue.
One last thing, assuming this makes travel time along Commonwealth a lot shorter, this means more people will be able to reach EDSA faster, especially during rush hour. What do we do then with the transport system in EDSA?