Paparating na ginhawa! Construction of MRT-7 54% complete

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By Billy Begas

The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced on Friday that the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 is already 54% complete.

In a statement, SMC said the civil works are now at 51.73% and the electrical/mechanical (E&M) works is 55.31% done.

“Our progress for the MRT-7 project as of January 2021 is at about 54%. We have already completed a significant amount of civil works, including the installation of bored piles, girders, foundational works on stations, and we have been installing rails or tracks. At the same time, E&M works have also advanced significantly,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.

Of the 13.5 kilometer elevated section of the project, Ang said 6.2 kms. are complete. For the at-grade sections, 4.8 km. of the target 6.9 kms. has been completed while 1.5 kms. out of the 1.9km. tunnel portion is done.

Compared to the Skyway 3 project, Ang said the MRT-7 is more complex.

“Apart from complex construction work, MRT-7 construction involves a lot of mechanical and electrical work. There are so many systems to be integrated to ensure we can efficiently and safely run a large number of passenger trains to serve the public,” Ang explained.

Once complete, the MRT-7 project will make daily commutes from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan faster and easier. It will link up with MRT-3 and Light Rail Transit 1, providing greater access and seamless travel.

“Now that we’ve crossed the halfway mark, we’re expecting to reach a lot of major milestones for this project this year. This includes the construction of the stations, testing of various equipment in different countries, and the actual arrival of these equipment, including the first batch of trains,” Ang revealed.

Ang said that factory acceptance testing (FAT) of an initial six trains or 18 cars, are scheduled for April in South Korea.

SMC purchased the trains from South Korea Hyundai Rotem, with the country’s national rail manufacturer, Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL), serving as its adviser.

If the trains pass the tests the first batch of trains will arrive before the year ends.

A total of 36 trains or 108 cars are being procured by SMC for the project. The MRT-7 depot is capable of holding up to 150 trains in anticipation of future capacity expansion.

Ang said the factory acceptance tests of other important equipment, such as ticket vending machines and automatic gates will be done within the first quarter of this year.

The manufacturing and testing of communications systems and the initial batches of third rail equipment—responsible for delivering electrical power to the trains—and track works such as rails and fastening assemblies have been completed.

Other railway operations equipment such as those needed for automatic fare systems, communication systems, signaling systems, power supply systems, third rail, track works systems, and rolling stock maintenance equipment—used for the maintenance of trains–are set to be delivered from various countries throughout the year.