A new transit-oriented development in Quezon City will connect three railway lines and open corridors of growth north of Metro Manila
Located in the rapidly developing central business district in North Triangle, Quezon City, the North Triangle MRT-LRT Common Station will form part of Ayala Mall’s Trinoma expansion that will turn the popular commercial center into a transit-oriented, mixed-use development. Concurrent with the expansion of the mall, the construction of the MRT-LRT Common Station will pave the way for the long-overdue connection of the MRT-3 North Avenue Terminal and the LRT-1, the country’s first light rail transit line.
The common station will also serve as the terminal of the new MRT-7 Line currently under construction. It will be the first transit-oriented development in the Philippines to integrate three metro lines. From North Avenue, MRT-7 will run along Commonwealth Avenue all the way to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan. It will cater to the underserved areas in the northern periphery of Metro Manila where a huge population of workers in the central business districts of Ortigas Center, Ayala Center, Bonifacio Global City, and the Bay Area lives.
The development is composed of three parts: the first will house the platform and concourse for MRT-3 and LRT-1, the second for MRT-7, and the third--the Common Station Atrium--will serve as the cross-platform interchange between the two areas. Passengers hopping from one train line to another can easily walk the short distance between the platforms without leaving the station. Since the facility is integrated with two major malls and even has its own commercial area, commuters can pick-up items or grab a snack on their way to work or home.
When Trinoma’s expansion is completed, people can easily go to the mall’s entertainment complex, sports center, and four large trade halls. The project is part of the government’s public-private partnership program, an example of private sector leaders coming together to help the public sector cope with the infrastructure demand for the convenience of more people. It’s a major stride towards a more physically-connected Philippines and a step towards making mass transportation an attractive option for people on the move.