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BCDA rail pre-feasibility study gets Japan help

Published on 16 August 2012 [ ]

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is looking to build a monorail system that would connect the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to Bonifacio Global City and Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 (NAIA 3), announcing on Tuesday that the Japanese government has approved the grant to fund the pre-feasibility study of the project.

BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano Casanova, in a statement, said that the government of Japan through the Ministry of Economy, Transportation and Industry (METI) has issued a certificate of acceptance signed by agency director for financial cooperation Masashi Iwanaga, approving the grant to fund a pre-feasibility study on the BCDA monorail project.

“We welcome this development as good news and a step forward in realizing the monorail project that would serve millions of commuters in Metro Manila,” he added.

From the Gudalupe Station of MRT-3, Casanova said that the proposed 12.56-kilometer monorail will enter Bonifacio Global City via the north gate and end at NAIA 3 terminal building. BCDA eyes the completion of the monorail project by 2016.

“The BCDA Monorail will provide a fast, efficient and safe public transport service that will connect BGC and other premier mix-use districts such as McKinley Hill, including North Bonifacio and Bonifacio South, Newport City and NAIA-3 from the existing Manila Rail Transit Line 3 in Guadalupe, Makati City thereby providing commuters fast and easy access to these new and future premier mix-use districts being developed by BCDA,” Casanova said.

BCDA Chairman Felicito Payumo also stressed the need for a monorail connecting to the MRT and Light Rail Transit Line 1, and NAIA-3, saying that Metro Manila has a commuter traffic of 13 million.

Eduardo Lena, BCDA program director for special projects, said that the pre-feasibility study will determine if a “full-blown” feasibility study should push through. He said that the consultants who will conduct the pre-feasibility study will likely come from Japan since the grant will be funded by the Japanese government.

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