The proposed Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT) 4 project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is expected to cut the travel time between Taytay in Rizal and Quezon City to less than an hour.
According to Ian Cruz's report on "24 Oras", the 15.6-kilometer project will start at the Taytay Diversion Road in Rizal, traverse Ortigas Avenue, pass Cainta, Pasig, Mandaluyong, and San Juan, and ends at N. Domingo Street in Quezon City.
The end of the line in Quezon City will just be a block away from the Gilmore Station of the LRT-2 on Aurora Boulevard.
The project will cost P50 billion and will be funded by the Asian Development Bank.
"Dulo't dulo kasama na yung mga stops, siguro mga 30 minutes. Less than one hour, definitely," Ruben Reinoso, Undersecretary for Planning and Project Development, said of the trip between Taytay and Quezon City once the train is completed.
The train system is expected to have an initial capacity of 235,000 passengers per day. It is expected to eventually serve 600,000 daily.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordinating Committee has already approved the project.
It only needs the approval of the NEDA board before it could begin construction in 2021. Authorities aim to finish the project around 2025.
According to the report, DOTR said that the heavy monorail to be used for the train is a modern technology used by Japan and China.
"Hindi mo kailangan ng matataas na poste dito habang umaakyat ka dun papunta sa Eastern Rizal," Reinoso said.
Aside from the LRT2, it will be connected to the MRT 3, due to a planned subway, and the planned MRT 10 at C5 Road. —Joahna Casilao/NB, GMA News