After a delay caused by right-of-way issues, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan could finally see the light of day for the MRT-7 depot as San Miguel Corp. and its subsidiary begins construction, per an announcement told on Tuesday.
With future expansion in mind, SMC Infrastructure claims that the project will allow for much space that as many as 150 train cars will be accommodated in it—surpassing the existing capacity, which is only set at 108 rail cars.
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To be delivered by year’s end, all 108 MRT-7 trains are made by South Korea’s rail systems provider, Hyundai Rotem.
Currently at 64 percent completion and with the focus set on the establishment of the first 12 to 14 stations, SMC President and CEO Ramon S. Ang claims that the project will be ready to start operations by the end of 2023.
It is not just the depot that has been affected by the right-of-way dispute, however, the last 2 stations were also subject to the same conflict, the ramification of which results in their respective setback.