(Un)Closing the Loop

Posted: July 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the twilight of her term as the President of the Philippines trumpeted the closing of the MRT – LRT Loop as one of her achievements. But did she really close the loop? The answer is not really.

The original plan for the Loop Project is that MRT should have been extended to Monumento (for the LRT – 1 Link) and Sangandaan (for the PNR NorthRail Link and might include the extension to the end of Circumferential Road 4 in Navotas.

The Original Plan was killed by one thing: the proposed transfer of the Bonifacio Monument from the middle of the Rotunda to other place in Caloocan. So LRTA took over the project and changed some specs of the project. It is the Yellow line that extended towards North Avenue. Now, the project did not link to PNR NorthRail (but it still links at Southrail via MRT Magallanes) but anticipating the MRT 7 Project from North Avenue to Bulacan, a Common Terminal is to be built in SM North EDSA to connect the three rail lines in a common station.

Until now, the operating terminal station of LRT 1 is only until the Roosevelt Station, and the Distance from LRT Roosevelt and the MRT North Station is  1.5 km. If you expect a Pedestrian to walk that far to transfer rails, dream on! If you think this is an efficient Loop, better think twice already.

For the Bonifacio Monument, I think people should have lifted it from the Traffic trap into a decent Park or Plaza. It’s not giving it the dignity it deserves by keeping it trapped in traffic. Some people should have thought of this for a while.



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