The partial operations for Metro Manila’s Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) have been called off by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) of the Philippines. Previously, partial services were expected to commence in 2023, instead, the agency is now targeting full operations in Q2 of 2025. This is due to the train depot in San Jose del Monte still being under construction.
As of January 2023, work on the urban rail project is more than 60 per cent completed. Construction of the Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, and Manggahan stations are expected to be completed by June 2023.
The 24.7 km MRT line has 14 stations, most of which are above ground, and will cost PHP63 billion to complete. The expected daily ridership is approximately 300,000 in the first year of operations, with the number anticipated to increase to 850,000 by the end of the 12th year. The end-to-end journey time will be 35 minutes.