AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
Look at yourself. Imagine yourself five or maybe ten years from now. How do you think our world will be? Will Manila still be the prime city that it is today? What about EDSA and other major thoroughfares? What about the airport? Are we still going through the same traffic jams that we face today?
These and other questions linger in our minds as we go along. Will I be riding the same bus or jeepney to my place of work? Or will the much ballyhooed project of the century provide the much needed transportation for about one-fourth of Metro Manila? Would the traffic situation be the same as it is today?
Of course not, say the ones who would bring you the subway system. The Metro Manila subway system, which is being built right now, aims to connect the two end posts – Mindanao Ave. and NAIA – by a mere 30 seconds against a two-hour trip nowadays. In its partial opening next year, the subway system is expected to serve up to 370,000 passengers each. This will increase gradually until it reaches the full line of 1.5 million passengers served in 2025.
Now that’s something. A figure like 1.5 million by any stretch of the imagination is by far a big one. And it’s not only the subway park that’s going to be there. There’s another similar though smaller one rising almost simultaneously with the so-called project of the century.
The Binays of Makati are building a railroad train that will service most parts of the city. It is expected to cater to more than 700,000 commuters per day, nearly half the capacity of the Manila subway rail.
What these two projects and the newly completed skyway 3 are going to drive up the value of real estate among other things. Not only will it reduce the number of cars to be out in the open the number of people struggling for a ride will also be diminished. People will also be longing to go home to a place nearby.
Even right now, I think many of the homeowners are thinking of altering the makeup of their homes to accommodate boarders. This may also fuel the demand for condominium units especially along the corridors of the subway train.