The Philippines first underground railway system was awarded contract to Shimizu Corporation and joint ventures for the design and build of Metro Manila Subway’s first and second section spanning. Other members of the joint venture for project are Fujita Corporation, Takenaka Civil Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., and EEI Corporation.
The Metro Manila Subway Project will provide a total 32.4km of subway lines including 15 stations and one train depot, that connects Mindanao Avenue in the northern Metro Manila and Western Bicutan in southern Manila where the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is located, in order to ease severe traffic congestion.
The Shimizu-led joint venture will build a 6.9 km section of the Project which will be partially operable prior to other sections. It includes three stations (Tandang Sora Station, Quirino Highway Station, and North Avenue Station), one train depot and six underground running tunnels connecting the stations and depot (3 southbound and 3 northbound with a total length of 9.3km) bored using six tunnel boring machines (TBM).