By Jel Santos
The Makati subway project is expected to generate about 6,000 jobs and economic opportunities, Mayor Abigail Binay said Monday.
The Public Rail Transport (PRT), a joint venture between Makati City and a consortium of local and foreign investors, will be constructed this year and expected to be completed in 2023.Binay assured the project will not cause traffic since most of the work will be underground.
“The Makati subway project will create around 6,000 new jobs for Makatizens and numerous economic opportunities just for the construction and operation of the train system alone. This does not include additional jobs which will be created as a result of the efficient transport system in the city,” the mayor said.
The 30-year concession with the consortium includes maintenance and repair of the coaches and the control hub.
“I want this to be my legacy. It is time for a better and brighter future for everyone in Makati. I want the city to be truly livable, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient not just today but for the generations to come,” she said.
“In just five years, Makati City, and the rest of the country will reap the benefits of having a reliable and efficient mass transport system. We are laying the groundwork for more advanced infrastructure and projects so our children can continue to be proud of the city they live in,” Binay said.
The Makati PRT system will reportedly have two tracks, about 10 underground stations, and air-conditioned coaches which can accommodate 200 persons. The entire system spans 10 kilometers with a train yard, maintenance depot, and central command center at ground level.
It will have around 30 station entrances linked to destinations across Makati.
It will also be linked to a ferry transport, the existing MRT 3 line, as well as potential links to the future Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded Metro Manila subway, and to future parking structures and transport feeders outside the existing business districts.
Around 27, 000 passengers per hour per direction are expected to be served once the PRT becomes operational.
“The system also promises an interval of three to six minutes between trains on the first year, with 12 operational trains,” the local government said.
“The City is also prepared to accommodate as many as 40,500 passengers per hour during peak hours. The train system will run on an 18-hour operational cycle.”
Binay said the Makati PRT will leave cumulative positive impacts, not only in Makati but in neighboring cities as well.
“Current statistics estimate that there are five million employees in Makati during work days. Given that there are only around 500,000 city residents, this would mean millions of commuters and drivers entering the city every day.”
Aside from decongesting major thoroughfares, Binay said the Makati PRT is also expected to increase work productivity by cutting down the travel time of workers.