Metro Pacific says 2 common stations not viable

Posted at 08/13/14 11:25 AM


MANILA, Philippines - Metro Pacific Investments Corp. rejected the government's proposal to build two common stations that would link MRT 3 and LRT 1.

The Department of Transportation and Communications made the suggestion after the Supreme Court stopped the transfer of the common station from SM North EDSA to Ayala-owned Trinoma.

The common station is part of the LRT 1 Extension project. The Metro Pacific-Ayala consortium was the lone bidder for the P65-billion project.

"It has an impact on the traffic because if we cannot seamlessly connect to MRT, the traffic is likely to be lower because of the inconvenience. So the timing of the common station is what is critical here because we've bid on the basis on the commitment of the government to deliver the common station by 2018," MPIC president Jose Lim said.

"The terms of the bid did specify the location of the common station would be at Trinoma, so if that is the subject of the TRO, it has infected the entire awarding process. The prudent way is to consider it in its entirety rather than splitting it in terms of the common station," MPIC chairman Manny Pangilinan said.

Government has decided to defer the awarding of the LRT Extension project until it gets legal advice on the TRO's impact from the Office of the Solicitor General. - ANC