Quezon City to Cabanatuan City in An Hour? Yes, with the North Luzon East Expressway

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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.

The entire project, backed by Ausphil Tollways Corp., involves a roughly 90-kilometer expressway that will link Quezon City in Metro Manila to Cabanatuan costing P15-billion,  Ausphil CEO Ricardo L. Penson said.
The P7.8-bilion first phase will be an 18-km stretch from Commonwealth Avenue near La Mesa Dam to Norzagaray in Bulacan, he said.
“We expect groundbreaking in a couple of months,” Penson said, adding that this phase would take two years to complete.
The initial phase was awarded to Ausphil during the time of President Arroyo. When Mr. Aquino took over in 2010, it was placed under review and eventually shelved. Fortunes changed with the entry of President Duterte.
Penson said Mr. Duterte, a former schoolmate in San Beda College, recognized the potential of the NLEEx.

 

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.

Meanwhile, construction the P65.09-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 6 Project involving a 19-kilometer elevated railway that will run along the middle of Aguinaldo Highway from the  LRT 1 terminal to the Cavite Extension (CavEx) in Niyog, Bacoor and Dasmariñas City is also under way as another LRT project connecting Santolan to Antipolo City is nearing completion.

 

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