RAILWAY SYSTEM OPENS TO RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN MANILA

The Metro Rail Transit Corporation has opened 10 of 13 stations in the Philippine capital on a $655-million, 17-km light-rail system built along one of the most congested highways in the world. The railway is one of six that are planned for metropolitan Manila. A 17-km trip on the line will take 30 minutes, compared with 2.5 hours by car. A major challenge of the project was building the railway within the 12-m wide median of the Epifania de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Traffic management, utility relocations, and construction logistics, which were complicated by major EDSA improvement projects, became significant challenges in constructing the new rail line. A 135-m steel bridge with an 18-m truss was erected across the Pasig River and above an eight-lane portions of the EDSA without interrupting traffic.

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  • Accession Number: 00789032
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2000 12:00AM