Mass rail line from Manila to Rizal gets initial approval

The Metro Rail Transit Line 4 (MRT-4) project has moved closer to implementation after the Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) approved the said project. The project is now for NEDA Board approval.

According to NEDA, the Line 4 Project or MRT 4 Project is a 15.56-kilometer elevated monorail transit system beginning at the proposed N. Domingo Station near Granada Street corner N. Domingo in Quezon City, and ending at the proposed Taytay Diversion Road (R-5) – Manila East Road rotunda in Taytay, Rizal.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the proposed project aims to address the worsening traffic condition and inadequate road capacities in the densely-populated areas of eastern Metro Manila to include parts of Quezon City, San Juan City, Mandaluyong City, Pasig City and the Ortigas Center.

“The line will also link eastern Metro Manila with the neighboring municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal,” it added.

The project is eyed to operate 2025 with 11 stations.

DOTr said the P59.3-billion MRT-4 project is calendared for construction from 2021-2025 to be funded by an official development assistance (ODA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) as proponent.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the MRT-4 project, once operational, will greatly help to connect eastern Metro Manila with Rizal.

“Considering how densely populated these areas are, which is made more difficult with the lack of road capacities and ever-worsening traffic conditions, MRT-4 will be of great help in moving commuters between eastern Metro Manila and Rizal,” the transportation chief said.