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Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 7

The Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 7, also known as MRT Line 7 or MRT-7, is an under-construction rapid transit line in the Philippines. When completed, the line will be 22.8 kilometers long serviced by 14 stations. The line runs in a northeast-southwest direction, beginning at San Jose del Monte, Bulacan up to the under-construction North Avenue Grand Central station located in North Avenue, Quezon City. The line will traverse Quezon City and Caloocan in Metro Manila, and is envisioned to spur business and commerce at its inter-modal terminal station in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. According to the latest update, the project is 47.21% complete as of August 31, 2019.[2][3]

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TypeRapid transit
StatusUnder construction
LocaleMetro Manila and Bulacan
TerminiSan Jose del Monte
North Avenue
Daily ridership300,000 (initial)
800,000 (design capacity)
Opened2020–2021 (estimated)
OwnerDepartment of Transportation
Operator(s)SMC-Mass Rail Transit 7 Incorporated
Rolling stockHyundai Rotem (108 train cars)[1]
Line length22.8 km
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationThird rail
Route map

San Jose del Monte depot
San Jose del Monte
Sacred Heart
Mindanao Avenue
Doña Carmen
Don Antonio
Tandang Sora
University Avenue
Quezon Memorial
North Avenue
 1  3  9 

The Line 7 project will cost an estimated US$ 1.54 billion or PHP 62.7 billion.[4]


Early planning and delaysEdit

The Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) first approved a version of the MRT Line 7 project in March 2004; this initial approval was provisional and contingent on the project's impact on the government's deficit reduction program. It had been submitted as an unsolicited proposal under the build–operate–transfer scheme by the Universal LRT Corporation, a consortium consisting of Alstom, EEI Corporation, Tyco Electronics, and others.[5] NEDA subsequently authorized the $1.2 billion project's construction the following August, citing the proponents' willingness to comply with the ICC's requirements, with construction slated to begin in 2005 and a targeted opening date in 2007.[6][7] In October 2004, Universal LRT Corporation signed an agreement with the Manila Banking Corporation to purchase 193 hectares (480 acres) of property in Bulacan for ₱1 billion, stating it would develop this property to complement the rail line.[8]

Universal LRT Corporation (now SMC-Mass Rail Transit 7 Incorporated), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), was selected by the Department of Transportation and Communications to build the line in 2008. SMC tapped the consortium of Hyundai Rotem and EEI Corporation as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Construction of the line should have commenced in January 2010, but was postponed several times.[9] The Department of Finance issued the terms of financial guarantee for the line in 2014, and financial closure for the project was achieved in February 2016.[10] Hyundai Rotem won the US$ 440.2m contract with SMC-Mass Rail Transit 7 Incorporated to supply 108 train cars, signalling, communication and power supply systems.[11] [12] The project was developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) and it has an indicative cost of ₱62.7 billion.

The new line will include a 22.8 kilometer of a mostly elevated railway line with 14 stations. The project also includes construction of a 22 kilometer highway from the NLEX Bocaue Interchange, up to the proposed intermodal transport terminal (ITT) located near San Jose del Monte station.


Construction progress of the Batasan Station along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City as of August 2018.

Soil testing and surveying, including pre-construction related activities were conducted on February 2016.[13] A groundbreaking event was held on April 20, 2016, and was attended by President Benigno Aquino III.[14] Transportation Secretary Art Tugade expected the line to be finished by 2019,[15] but it was pushed back to 2020 because of right-of-way issue regarding the acquisition of a 33-hectare land for the San Jose del Monte Station, depot and the intermodal transport terminal (ITT).[16]

Construction of Line 7 officially started at August 15, 2017, and has resulted in lane closures and heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue and Quirino Highway in Quezon City.[17][18][15] A total of 160 informal settler families shall be relocated to Tanay, Rizal and in Bulacan since they will be affected by the construction of the North Avenue and Quezon Memorial station.[15]

Groundbreaking for Batasan station was held on October 7, 2017,[19] while the excavation for the underground guideway at Quezon Memorial Circle is ongoing as of November 2017.[15] Construction of the station and rail track at North Avenue began on January 22, 2018.[20]

Nearly two years since the start of the construction of Line 7, works at the depot commenced on November 26, 2019 according to a statement by the DOTr.[21][22] After two years of court hearings and appeals to obtain a site, the original location of the depot in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan was moved to Quirino Highway in Barangay Lagro, Quezon City. The relocation was found optimal for right-of-way, operational reliability and maintenance.[21] The depot site was approved by Tugade on June 29, 2019 and the DOTr offered to buy the property from lot owners Century Properties Group, Inc. at the current market value, which was appraised by a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-accredited independent property appraiser.[23]

Originally, the site in Bulacan was subject to a legal case after the property owner questioned the expropriation at the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 11. If it was pushed through the project would ninefold to ₱598.905 million from ₱67.105 million. According to Transport Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Oliveros-Libiran she stated that it would take forever to resolve the case and it will no longer be pursued. The case in Bulacan has prompted San Miguel to conduct a scheduled partial operation of the line from North Avenue to a station in Fairview this 2021.[24]


The line will start at San Jose del Monte station located in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and will end at the North Avenue Grand Central station in Quezon City. Its depot will be located before San Jose del Monte station.


Upon completion, it will have 14 stations along its route.

Name Structure Type Transfers Location
San Jose del Monte Depressed none San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Tala Elevated Caloocan
Sacred Heart Elevated
Quirino Elevated Quezon City
Mindanao Avenue Elevated
Regalado Elevated
Doña Carmen Elevated
Manggahan At-Grade
Batasan Elevated
Don Antonio Elevated
Tandang Sora Elevated
University Avenue Depressed Line 8
Quezon Memorial Depressed Line 8
North Avenue Elevated Line 1
Line 3
Line 9 (Metro Manila Subway)

Rolling stockEdit

The line will be operated with 108 rail cars in a three-car configuration. Hyundai Rotem was awarded a $440.2 million contract to supply 108 metro cars, which will be configured into 36 train sets (3 cars per train set, with plans of expanding up to 6 cars per train set). The contractual scope also includes signalling, communications and power supplies for the metro line. As of June 2018, 45 out of 108 train cars have been completed and cannot be delivered from South Korea due to the non-availability of a depot.[16] As of September 2019, all 108 rail cars are completed, and are now undergoing test runs.

Rolling stock First-generation
Year 2019
Manufacturer Hyundai Rotem
Number Built (cars) 108 (ordered)[11][12]
Length 21,950 mm (MC)

21,560 mm (MT)

Width 3,150 mm
Height 3,750 mm
Body Material Stainless steel
Configuration MC-MT-MC (3-car at 65,450 mm)
MC-MT-MT-MT-MT-MC (6-car)
Capacity 1,166 passengers per 3 cars trainset
Doors Interior sliding type;
Drive unit Gear coupling(WN) drive
Traction Power 750V collector shoe
Traction Controller IGBT-VVVF type
Traction Motor 200kW AC induction motor
Top Speed 90 km/h
Status Ordered


With the depot underway, San Miguel Corp. has plans to extend the line further to Bocaue, Bulacan.[25] The extension will improve access to Ciudad de Victoria where the Philippine Arena will be within its vicinity. This will replace the old plan comprising of a six-lane highway spanning 22 km that would connect an intermodal transportation terminal in San Jose del Monte to the Bocaue/Balagtas Interchange of the North Luzon Expressway.[26]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hyundai Rotem trains for Manila Line MRT-7". International Railway Journal. January 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "MRT Line 7 | PPP Center". PPP Center. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  3. ^ "MRT Line 7 | PPP CenterPPP Center". Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  4. ^ "SMC vows to finish MRT 7 project by August 2019". Public–Private Partnership Center. April 28, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Ferriols, Des (March 29, 2004). "NEDA body approves MRT Line 7". The Philippine Star.
  6. ^ Reyes, Mary Ann Ll. (August 14, 2004). "Gov't gives green light for $1.2-B MRT-7 intermodal transport system". The Philippine Star.
  7. ^ Cabacungan Jr., Gil C. (September 14, 2004). "Massive Luzon railway projects to cost at least $5B". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  8. ^ Batino, Clarissa S. (October 27, 2004). "MRT-7 group buys P1-B land in Bulacan". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  9. ^ "Construction of Line 7 seen to start in 2014". Philippine Daily Inquirer. November 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Camus, Miguel R. (February 17, 2016). "With funds secured, Line 7 to run by '19". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Barrow, Keith. "Hyundai Rotem trains for Manila Line 7". Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Hyundai Rotem wins $440mn turn-key project in Philippines". Pulse News. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  13. ^ Daxim L. Lucas (15 Feb 2016). "SMC seals financing for P63B MRT-7 commuter project". Inquirer. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Construction Begins for Line 7, Connecting QC to Bulacan". PropertyAsiaPH. 20 Apr 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  15. ^ a b c d "DoTr: Expect traffic slowdown on Quirino Highway due to Line 7 construction". GMA News Online. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Right-of-way issue hounds MRT 7". BusinessWorld Online. August 7, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Brace for heavy traffic on Commonwealth Avenue as MRT-7 construction starts". GMA News Online. August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  18. ^ "Motorists told to avoid Quirino Highway due to MRT7 construction". Rappler. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  19. ^ Cordero, Ted (October 7, 2017). "Concrete pouring at MRT-7 Batasan Station in QC begins". GMA News Online. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  20. ^ Galvez, James Konstantin (January 20, 2018). "Heavy traffic expected with MRT-7 construction". The Manila Times. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  21. ^ a b Cordero, Ted (November 27, 2019). "MRT7 depot works commence as QC court grants DOTr, SMMRT7 writ of possession". GMA News Online. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  22. ^ Galvez, Daphne. "MRT-7 depot construction starts as courts grant DOTr, SMC right of way". Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  23. ^ Subingsubing, Krixia (November 28, 2019). "MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021". Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  24. ^ Balinbin, A.L. (November 28, 2019). "MRT-7 clears key hurdle". BusinessWorld. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  25. ^ Amojelar, Darwin G. (December 8, 2019). "SMC wants to extend MRT Line 7 to Bocaue". Manila Standard. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  26. ^ Camus, Miguel R. (December 9, 2019). "MRT 7 extension to Bocaue eyed". Retrieved December 10, 2019.

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