Archive for September, 2012

Right Side View Showing the Concourse Area

Front View Showing the Street, Concourse Level, Platform and the Flood Control Systems


Concourse Area with the Ticket Vending Machines and the Ticket Validation Machines on View

Platform Area

Originally Seen at The Urban Historian Blog


Yesterday I had the chance and the time to actually read the Marcos Era MMETROPLAN, the Urban Planning and development guide for Metro Manila during the 70’s to the 80’s. The 70’s Plan actually just called for 4 lines of LRT. The Line 1 A and B (Rizal Ave – Taft Avenue), Line 2 (Espana – Quezon Ave), Line 3 (Legarda – Aurora Boulevard). The Belgian consortium that built the LRT line 1 was tasked to proposed more lines aside from the original for future expansion. After decades, this is what happened:

Apparently, we have a difficulty setting up new lines but next year, LRT line 1, LRT 2 Masinag Extension and MRT 7 might be already up for construction. We also have difficulties setting up the system into one continuous system owing to the fact that different rail lines run differently. But if we continue to do the different line, different systems approach in the future lines, our mass transit system might be a mess, like this.

But inevitably, the demolition and rebuilding of LRT 1 to fully align it to the transit is inevitable, also it is already 30 years old. This is my own concept for an integrated transit system for Metro Manila.

And this is how it looks like in the map. And the streetcar system (if still applicable) might be returned in the old downtown Manila.

What’s new in this concept?

  1. Depot at the North Harbor. A part of the North Harbor might be reused as a unified train depot for LRT and PNR lines, aside from the depots at the other ends.
  2. Tutuban and North EDSA Grand Terminal Stations. Actually, the Tutuban Center is actually the original Terminal station for the Train lines of PNR, also for the LRT 2 West extension, it has a Tutuban Station Nearby so I think LRT should have its Tutuban station in the building itself already.
  3. Inner Railway loop at Manila. The point where the proposed MRT 9 Project ends at Rizal Park could be extended to the Anda Circle where it meets the LRT 2 and the proposed North Harbor Depot. It could end again at Manila. The Alignment of this loop is along the Bonifacio Drive and Manila’s Circumferential Road 1 (Red loop on the Map).
  4. Retention of PNR to the ground. PNR’s tracks are made with Cape Gauge sizes so it won’t be compatible with the MRT/LRT system so it will be all at the ground. Aside from that, PNR runs until Bicol so it will be impossible to integrate it with the Metro System.
  5. Circumferential Road 4 Loop separation. I actually separated the EDSA line so it will be better for the integration processes to proceed.
  6. Phasing out of the Central and Carriedo Station. I already removed this two lines and then divided the LRT line 1 into the Taft and Avenida Lines.
  7. Espana Line actually starts at Morayta. Putting the MRT line 9 at the Quezon Boulevard – Recto Intersection will be perilous. MRT line 9 should start at the Morayta Intersection going to Espana so It could connect to the Loop easily
  8. This is how the train should transfer lines outside the loop.

If only one train standards and capacities will be standardized, this won’t be impossible. We have to use only one train model for all lines so it will be better for integration. of all lines.