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This might be Mega Manila’s 2030 mass transit map if the recommendations of the JICA Transportation Plan is fully realized.


I have been asked two things in Tumblr about the Metro Manila Mass Transit already.

  1. Can the two elevated Light Rails (LRT 1 and MRT 3) could hold Heavy Rail Coaches?
  2. Can LRT 1 Train Coaches can go to the MRT-3 tracks and vice versa?

Answering the first and second question will have to be connected with the engineering specs of both tracks. Interestingly, both LRT and MRT rail track run at the Standard Gauge¬†and their electromechanical works run overhead. There is a possibility that LRT trains could go to MRT tracks and vice versa, but the difference lies in their coaches. MRT coaches run at 120kph and LRT lines at only 60 kph. MRT leans more to the Rapid Rail Transit than the Light Rail Transit. LRT has then have to convert the old line to a more Rapid Rail Transit and to demolish stations that is almost a kilometer away from the preceding and succeeding station. To repeat, there is just a possibility, and I don’t think the physical integration of the two lines will not happen within the short term.

The Answer for the heavy rail train conversion is obviously, more on the structural capacity of the trackways themselves. Heavy rails might be too heavy for the rail to handle that it might collapse. In this premise, the tracks of LRT 1 and MRT 3 might not handle heavy rails.

The Central Station in Arroceros will not be named the Central Station with no reason at all. The MMETROPLAN Report concludes that the ideal railway alignment should be like this, everything will converge at Central Manila. Oh well, the plan was not observed and had undergone revisions like the EDSA MRT and splitting of the Commonwealth Espana Railway into MRT-7 and 9. Cities aren’t that static, everything is subject to change every now and then.

But even at the current set up, dreaming of an integrated Mass Transport will always be a foolish man’s dream.