Duterte, Japan's Abe may sign Metro Manila subway deal in November – DoTr

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The country's first subway system, which will span 23 to 25 kilometers, will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City up to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is hoping President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will sign the deal on the country's first subway system by the end of the year.

"Targeted to be in November in time for the ASEAN meeting of the world leaders. Hopefully, prior that time, the details on the feasibility study, the engineering design would have been finalized and completed," Tugade said in a press briefing in Hong Kong, Friday.

Japan had earlier committed to provide $4 billion (around ₱198.7 billion) for the project, according to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

Called the Mega Manila Subway, the project is estimated to cost around P290 to 300 billion, Tugade said.

It will span 23 to 25 kilometers, and will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City up to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay.

If everything goes by plan, it can accommodate a daily ridership of 350,000.

Phase 1 is from Quezon City to Taguig City, a trip which Tugade said can be done in half an hour.

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The Transportation Department aims to finish the subway station by the second quarter of 2024.

The feasibility study which will primarily determine the cost of the project is nearly completed, Tugade said.

The Japan International Coordinating Agency has been doing the study since the Aquino administration.

"A lot would depend on the engineering details, engineering design details and the feasibility study," Tugade said.