The Department of Transportation (DOTr) formally signed the contract for the design and build of the Area A of Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) also known as the Common Station on February 13.
DOTr said the Common Station, marks the intersection of four railway lines – the LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the Metro Manila Subway. It aims to provide a seamless transfer of passengers from one rail line to another.
The DOTr noted that the Common Station will feature a transit area for the riding public, operated by an automated fare collection system, which will give commuters better point-to-point mobility and comfort.
“What is the value of the Common Station? Three things: interoperability, intermodality, and interconnectivity. Those three are key elements in making the Filipino life comfortable,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
“Alam niyo ‘ho, ‘yung Common Station, matagal na ‘hong inumpisahan ‘yan. Nung nag-umpisa po kami, nagkapit-bisig tayo kasama ang mga tinatawag na economic tai-pans at sinabi nila, ‘makikiisa kami sa inyo. Magsama-sama tayong bigyang buhay at bigyan ng katunayan ang tinatawag na Common Station na inaasam ng madlang bayan’,” he explained.
DOTr said that the Common Station is a 13,700-square meter concourse comprised of three areas: Area A under the DOTr, Area B under Ayala Land Inc., and Area C under the MRT-7 Project facilitated by San Miguel Corporation (SMC). Since the groundbreaking in 2017, Ayala Land Inc. has started the construction of Area B.
Area A is set to be completed by 2020, while the entire Common Station is expected to be operational by 2022.