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Manila Subway Construction Underway

The Philippine capital will get an extension to its rail system with a new subway that will connect to the city’s airport.
March 15, 2019, 2pm PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Manila has begun construction on a subway line that will connect to the city’s commuter rail.

"The spur will make the line the first rail transit line in the capital city to directly serve its airport," Sandy Smith writes for Next City. This subway first proposed 45 years ago, will open its first three stations in 2022. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2025.

"The Japan International Cooperation Agency is loaning the Philippine Department of Transportation 365 billion Philippine pesos (U.S. $6.97 billion) in order to build the line," Smith reports. The project will use Japanese firms to build the subway. The line will have the capacity to carry 1.5 million people a day once it's finished.

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Published on Friday, March 8, 2019 in Next City
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