MRT hub set to begin construction

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The Department of Transportation said it will start the construction of a common station that will link Metro Manila’s overhead train system in Quezon City before the end of this month. 

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the groundbreaking for the P2.8-billion common station for Light Rail Transit Line 1, Metro Rail Transit Line 3 and the planned MRT 7 was scheduled on Sept. 29. 

Tugade said SM Prime Holdings Inc. filed a motion before the Supreme Court to remove the temporary restraining order on the common station project. 

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

The common station proposal started in 2009 but was put on hold due to legal issues. The Light Rail Transit Authority signed a deal with SMPHI to build the station near SM North EDSA.

Five years later, the Transportation Department decided to build the station near Ayala’s Trinoma citing reasons to cut costs.  The court intervened and issued a temporary restraining order in favor of SMPHI to stop the construction of the project. The parties agreed to build the station between SM and Trinoma. 

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