By ALFRED GABOT
QUEZON CITY (PhilAmPress) – Quezon City to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija in an hour or an hour and a half?
This will soon be a reality as the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has revived the construction of an expressway from Quezon City to the big city in Central Luzon.
Called the North Luzon East Expressway, the project will cut travel to the country’s rice granary from three to four hours to just an hour or an hour and a half.
Meanwhile, work on the 23-kilometer elevated railway called MRT 7 from North Avenue in Quezon to San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan is under way.
The project costing P15 billion which has 14 stations and linked to the 22-kilometer asphalt road from Bocaue Interchange of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to the intermodal terminal in Tala is expected to divert northern provincial buses operation to San Jose Del Monte, thereby decongesting EDSA.
Earlier, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas opposed the MRT 7 project, saying it will displace thousands of farmers in Bulacan and urban-poor communities in Quezon and Caloocan cities.
“The MRT 7 project will be a bane for farmers. This multibillion-peso project was sealed in corruption,” KMP Secretary Antonio Flores said in a statement.