At present, six train sets or 18 rail cars out of the 108 rail cars have been shipped. The entire MRT-7 system will have a total of 36 train sets or 108 rail cars.
For a cleaner look, MRT-7 trains will use a "third rail" electrification system, which will not use overhead catenary lines. Instead of getting power from electric lines above the railway track, the trains will get its electric power from a "third rail" along the track.
The MRT-7 unsolicited proposal was first submitted to the then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in August 2001, while the concession agreement was signed in August 2008.
Stagnant for almost two decades, the actual construction of the MRT-7 project started only in August 2016. The rail line’s overall progress rate is now at 62.10%.
The project is eyed for partial operations with test runs starting in April 2022 and passenger operations in December 2022.
Once completed, the 22-kilometer railway will link North Avenue, Quezon City and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, reducing travel time from the present 2 to 3 hours to just 35 minutes. The project is also expected to serve 38,000 passengers during peak hours daily.
The MRT-7 Project forms part of the Duterte administration’s flagship “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure development program which aims to ease traffic congestion and spur growth in the country’s economy.
DOTr Press Release
15 December 2021