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LRT Line 2 issues: elevated tracks vs pedestrian overpasses

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The ongoing construction of the LRT Line 2 Extension has reached a point where it is clear that several pedestrian overpasses will be affected by the project. Following are photos of overpasses between Angel Tuazon Ave./Felix Ave. and Masinag. Most are clearly along the  elevated superstructure of the Line Extension and will have to be redesigned if not removed. Some are relatively new and so brings some questions whether those behind the overpasses coordinated with the proponents of the Line 2 Extension project.

Line 2 v overpassThe practically new pedestrian overpass near the Vermont Royale subdivision gate will have to be redesigned to give way to Line 2’s elevated tracks. This is the view along the westbound side of Marcos Highway. Hopefully, the design will not be similar to the somewhat awkward and, some say, ‘people-unfriendly’ designs of overpasses along EDSA due to the MRT 3 tracks.

IMG_1222Here’s a view of the same overpass from the eastbound side of Marcos Highway.

IMG_1223Another overpass that will have to be dismantled from the looks of the columns currently under construction is the one near the Filinvest East gate.

IMG_1224The overpass across from SM Masinag may also have to go but since there will be a stations to be constructed in this area, there is an opportunity to integrate the pedestrian walkway with the elevated station.

I will try to take photos of other overpasses between Santolan and Sta. Lucia that may be affected by the construction of the Line 2 extension. The ones across Robinsons Metro East and De La Paz though might be integrated with the station that is to be constructed in the area. This would be similar to the SM Masinag overpass, which will presumably be integrated with the Masinag Station of the Line 2 extension.


2 Comments

  1. April fools? Ah, but our transportation system has always been foolish…

    But I do have a question though. Wasn’t the LRT/MRT extension plans already in the works since what? GMA’s time? Or was it even from way before that? I’m really curious of what may have really caused the delay of implementation. And given this scenario of how they couldn’t have even coordinate with the governments units about these footbridges, I’m guessing that it really wasn’t suppose to push through yet?** Probably seems to have been fast-tracked for the sake of the elections? Uhm… I think I should apologize as you seem to maintain a politics-neutral environment for your blog. But nonetheless, I’m guessing it is true, no? Not because we badly need it, but rather, because they badly need it. -_-

    **Though you’ve mentioned some aspects before, I think I still have little idea of what steps are taken from start to finish of infra implementation. But I think I’m not alone when it comes to not being aware of how the government really works. A quick summary/overview for a layperson would really be appreciated. An article would probably be better but I feel that it is probably pushing my luck… Guess I should go government procedures diving again…

  2. d0ctrine says:

    Plans for these urban transit lines can be traced to the early 1970s! So you can see just how long it takes to actualize them. Meanwhile, there’s a nice long article that came out last January: http://joeam.com/2016/01/31/on-a-clear-day-you-can-see-the-mrt/
    That just about describes how “not to do” a PPP project and gives you a good idea of the dealings by an agency like the DOTC, which is expected to deliver transit projects.

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