The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday announced that the north and southbound portions of Meralco Ave. in Pasig City will be closed to motorists starting October 3, 2022 to give way to the construction of Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) – Shaw Boulevard Station.
Motorists are also advised that the road closure takes effect until 2028 and will cover the front section of Capitol Commons up to the corner of Shaw Boulevard.
Meanwhile, Meralco Avenue will serve as the project’s access point to the subway’s Shaw Boulevard Station.
With this, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the City Governments of Pasig and Mandaluyong have provided alternative routes to motorists:
*For Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs)—from Meralco Avenue going to Shaw Boulevard will be rerouted to Captain Henry Javier Street to Danny Floro Street and vice versa
*Modernized Jeepneys—from Meralco Ave. going to Shaw Boulevard will be rerouted to Dona Julia Vargas Avenue to San Miguel Avenue and vice versa
*UV Express Vehicles/Units—from Meralco Avenue going to Shaw Boulevard will be rerouted to Dona Julia Vargas Avenue to San Miguel Avenue or Anda Road to Camino Verde
*Private Vehicles—all available routes are accessible
Hailed as the “Project of the Century,” the MMSP will be the first underground mass transit system in the Philippines – a modern railway system that will be at par with the rest in the world.
The project is funded by the Japanese government.
The subway is a 33-kilometer rail line that will stretch from Valenzuela City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport NaiaTerminal 3 in Pasay City, reducing travel time between Quezon City and Naia from one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes.
Once operational, the 33-kilometer underground mass transport system will cut across eight cities in Metro Manila, passing three central business districts and service up to 370,000 passengers daily. -30-