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Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« on: March 04, 2018, 06:01:40 PM »
Mindanao train on front and center after languishing in the back burner
January 4, 2018 | 2:26 pm
BY MARIFI S. JARA AND CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

http://bworldonline.com/mindanao-train-front-center-languishing-back-burner/

IT’S AN OLD IDEA — a Mindanao railway — dating as far back as the late 1930s after the Luzon rail was completed.

Then the Second World War came along and “it was put on the back burner,” National Economic and Development Authority-Davao Region Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim narrated, citing historical information based on government archives that are contained in the latest feasibility study for the Mindanao Railway System (MRS).

Rehabilitation of the Luzon rail was made a priority post-WWII and it wasn’t until 1957 that a train system for Mindanao, the country’s second biggest island after Luzon, was again considered.

A project study was undertaken by the Philippine National Railways (PNR), identifying a 1,570-kilometer (km.) track that would have required a P2.6-billion budget at that time.

It was probably the cost, but no one can say for sure now why the transport system was never pursued. It would remain shelved for more than three decades.

Mindanao train on front and center after languishing in the back burnerIt was under former President Fidel V. Ramos, who started his six-year term in 1992, that the Mindanao
railway got back on the national government’s radar.

But more than two decades later, after numerous plans and studies under different administrations, the railway remained on the drawing board.

“In the past, we were never listened to; sometimes (the national government pretended listening but it was only lip service,” said Vicente T. Lao, chair of the Mindanao Business Council.

Ms. Lim explains that the way government works is that localities and regional agencies basically “compete” for funding and prioritization, particularly for big-ticket projects, and decisions are ultimately made at the national level with socioeconomic, technical as well as political considerations coming into play.

“It helped a lot when President Duterte won,” she said, referring to former Davao City mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, the first from Mindanao to be elected president.

“And infrastructure investments are really a focus of this administration,” said NEDA-Davao Chief Economic Development Specialist Mario M. Realista.

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64 major projects underway in 'golden age of infrastructure’

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&sid=&nid=&rid=958387

MANILA, Jan 26 (PNA) -- A total of 64 big-ticket projects ranging from major road networks, railway systems and bus rapid transit systems to airport and seaport modernization are either for implementation or in the pipeline as part of the Duterte administration's envisioned "golden age of infrastructure."

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Another 13 rail projects are being developed by DOTr.

These include the following: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential), Cebu Railway (5 lines), Panay Railway, Line 4 (Taytay-Manila) PPP Project, Line 5 (Pasay-Makati-Taguig) PPP Project, Line 8 (Quezon City-Manila) PPP Project, PNR North Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark), Mega Manila Subway Project, Subic-Clark Railway.


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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 07:28:07 PM »
FIRST PHASE OF MINDANAO RAILWAY PROJECT TO CUT TAGUM TO DIGOS TRAVEL TIME FROM 3.5 TO 1.3 HOURS

http://dotr.gov.ph/10-press-releases/246-first-phase-of-mindanao-railway-project-to-cut-tagum-to-digos-travel-time-from-3-5-to-1-3-hours.html

Metro Manila, Philippines---The Department of Transportation (DOTr) today said that the 102-km Mindanao Railway Project: Tagum-Davao-Digos (MRP-TDD) segment is expected to reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once it starts operating in 2022.

The MRP-TDD segment is the first of the 3 segments of the Mindanao Railway Project. The design and construction of the Project will begin by 3rd quarter of next year and is expected to be completed by end of 2021.

“The P35.91 billion MRP-TDD will make travel time faster by two (2) hours, with frequency of trips of up to 6 trains per hour,” says DOTr Undersecretary for Rails, Cesar Chavez.

The MRP-TDD is expected to not only make travel faster, but also safer, more convenient and comfortable for passengers in the said corridor. It will have 8 stations, namely: Tagum; Carmen; Panabo; Mudiang; Davao Terminal; Toril; Sta. Cruz; and Digos. A 10-hectare depot will be built in Tagum.

The rail line will be built with a single track, with provisions for future tracks and electrification. It will have six 5-car passenger trains (Diesel Multiple Units) with 3 spare cars, 4 locomotives and 15 freight cars.

           

Upon project completion, the DOTr expects the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to increase to 134,060 by 2022. The Department projects the daily ridership to further increase to 237,023 by 2032 and 375,134 by 2042.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 08:04:14 PM »
Mindanao rail gets P6.5-b fund
posted August 14, 2017 at 12:01 am by  Macon Ramos-Araneta

http://thestandard.com.ph/news/national/244398/mindanao-rail-gets-p6-5-b-fund.html

The first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project—a 105-kilometer line linking the provincial capital of Davao del Norte to the provincial capital of Davao del Sur—will get an initial P6.58 billion in funding next year, a member of the House appropriations committee said on Sunday.

Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said the amount is among the items in the Rail Infrastructure Program of the Department of Transportation in the proposed 2018 national budget.

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“There’s no question the railway will ease considerably the transfer of people and goods, and propel in a big way Mindanao’s overall social and economic development,” Pimentel said.

Phase 1 of the railway is expected to cut travel time between Tagum and Digos cities from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once the trains start operating in 2022, data from the DOTr showed. Itwill have eight stations: Tagum, Carmen, Panabo, Mudiang, Davao Terminal, Toril, Santa Cruz and Digos. A 10-hectare depot will also be put up in Tagum City.


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“I hope that the train service will be capable of ferrying not just people but cargo as well as the island is an agriculture powerhouse producing, by last count, at least P500 billion worth of farm products a year,” he said.

Mindanao accounts for almost half of the country’s total corn output, around 83 percent of the total banana production, at least 61 percent of total harvested coconut, and around 90 percent of total pineapple yield.

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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 10:32:29 PM »
Mindanao Railway construction starts in 2018
The big-ticket infrastructure project has seen 4 Philippine presidents come and go. Under the country's first Mindanaoan president, its construction is approved.

Chrisee Dela Paz
Published 7:55 PM, July 03, 2017

https://www.rappler.com/business/174576-mindanao-railway-construction-2018-dotr

This first phase of the 830-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project loop will be implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through local financing. This phase involves the establishment of a 102.28-kilometer commuter railway from Tagum City in Davao del Norte to Digos City in Davao del Sur.

"Between now and December, we are organizing the project management office. Former president Arroyo created it during her time for the Mindanao Railway and Davao and Cebu. We want to unbundle that and we are doing that right now," Chavez said.

He added that the government has readied the P6.5-billion budget for land acquisition and engineering for the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment.

"Now, we are doing the land acquisition. We need 340 hectares of property to cover the 103 kilometers. Mostly agricultural land. Substantially, it is clear how much this is. By 1st quarter of 2018, we will buy the land because the budget is [allocated] for next year," Chavez told reporters.

The railway project will connect key Mindanao cities including Davao, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and General Santos.

Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the government is creating a Philippine Railway Institute, which will serve as a training center for staff of all public railways.

Tugade said his department is in talks with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to put up the institute.

"We are now trying to formulate the curriculum as we are trying to formulate the structures that will be in that institute," Tugade told reporters.

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 05:31:59 PM »
3 lower chamber committees endorse creation of PNRA for plenary approval
By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - March 7, 2018

https://businessmirror.com.ph/3-lower-chamber-committees-endorse-creation-of-pnra-for-plenary-approval/

Three committees of the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a priority measure restructuring the Philippine National Railway System (PNRS).

In a joint hearing, House Committees on Government Enterprises, Legislative Franchise  and  Transportation endorsed for plenary approval a substitute bill creating of the Philippine National Railway Authority (PNRA).

Under the bill, the PNRA shall regulate all aspects of the operations of railway corporations, while its board of directors shall set the necessary routes, fares and standards on safety and security.

The bill also mandates the authority to establish three separate corporations—the Luzon Railway Corp., Visayas Railway Corp.  and Mindanao Railway Corp.—to operate railways  in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The corporations shall exist for a term of 50 years, and renewable for another 50.

The measure said the authorized capital stock of each corporation shall be P30 billion, while 20 percent, or P6 billion, shall be initially paid up and the balance shall be paid from a continuing annual appropriation of not less than P2 billion.

However, the bill said railway operators are required to secure a franchise from Congress.

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 05:34:18 PM »
China to fund railway project in southern Philippines
PUBLISHEDMAR 5, 2018, 10:06 AM SGT

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/china-to-fund-railway-project-in-southern-philippines

MANILA - The remaining phases of the railway project in the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao will be financed by a loan from China, according to the Department of Transportation.

Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said Phase 1 of the project is being funded through the government budget or the General Appropriations Act (GAA), reported The Philippine Star.

"Phase one is GAA, the rest is China," Batan said. He, however, did not disclose the cost of the next phases.

Phase 1 of the Mindanao railway project involves the 102.9-km Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment which costs 31.9 billion pesos (S$807.8 million).

The Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment is expected to reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once it starts operating in 2022.

Design and construction of the project will begin by the third quarter of this year.

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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2018, 02:00:32 AM »
A classic sample of a northerner's mindset. From the forum's FB extension.

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2018, 12:28:17 AM »
NEDA Oks 5 flagship infra projects in Mindanao
By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:57 PM March 09, 2018

DAVAO CITY-Mindanao stands to benefit from the government’s massive “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program such that the war-torn island would be transformed into an agricultural and industrial hub in the medium term, the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team said Friday.

The National Economic and Development Authority Board chaired by the President already approved five flagship infrastructure projects soon to rise in Mindanao, said Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III at a speech at the Philippine Economic Briefing.

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Railway

The first segment of Mindanao’s first railway system that would run across Tagum, Davao and Digos would be rolled out before the year ends, according to Dominguez.

“This segment will be 102-kilometer long with a design speed of 160 kilometers an hour. It will cost P35.3 billion and should be completed in 2021,” the Finance chief said.

“An efficient railway system will relieve road congestion, reduce the cost of moving goods and people across long distances and spur economic activity. By 2022, the Duterte government expects to complete 1,900 kilometers of rail lines in both Luzon and Mindanao. For your information, we only have 77-kilometers of operational railways at the moment and they are all located in Luzon,” he added.

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2018, 08:31:18 AM »
ADB grant to help fund Mindanao Railway initial planning
January 17, 2018

http://bworldonline.com/adb-grant-help-fund-mindanao-railway-initial-planning/

The government is planning to tap a $5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to prepare the first phase of the Mindanao railway, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

The program is called the Strengthening Infrastructure Capacity and Innovation for Inclusive Growth technical assistance grant made in October.

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The DoTr's  planning exercise is separate from the National Economic and Development Authority's (NEDA) plan to utilize the funds for its Project Facilitation, Monitoring and Innovation Task Force -- an interagency committee to address infrastructure development bottlenecks.

The Mindanao Rail project-Phase 1 spans 102 kilometers traversing the cities of Tagum, Davao, and Digos.

As approved by NEDA Board, it would cost some P35.26 billion, to be funded out of the government budget, and is targeted to start construction by the third quarter this year.

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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2018, 08:10:52 PM »
Government allots P986M to obtain night rating for 4 airports
Monday, April 09, 2018
By KARINA V. CAÑEDO

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Diokno said that in 2018, Mindanao will receive at least P174 billion or 38 percent of the total infrastructure project funding in the entire Philippines.

Mindanao railway

Among the big ticket infrastructure projects being done is the Mindanao Railway System Tagum-Davao City-Digos (TDD) Segment, a 105-kilometer segment out of the 830-km MRS.

It will have daily ridership of 100,000, and it has an estimated cost of P31.5 billion.

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Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2018/04/09/government-allots-p986m-obtain-night-rating-4-airports-597610
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2018, 05:39:11 PM »
Security, other issues cloud dream of Mindanao Railway System
By: Judy Quiros, Julie Alipala - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:25 AM April 24, 2018

(Last of two parts)

DAVAO CITY—“It will be so fast, so cheap and so efficient, you can have your breakfast in Surigao City, lunch in Zamboanga, and dinner in Davao City.”

This was how Secretary Abul Khayr Alonto of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) envisioned how life would be in Mindanao if the Mindanao Railway System pushes through under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

While the project has raised hopes among local officials of finally seeing a railroad link provinces in Mindanao, is the government just selling them a dream?

A year before the President steps down from office in 2022, only the 102-kilometer segment spanning Digos and Tagum cities will be completed.

The government has not provided a schedule for the completion of the 2,000-km railroad across the island.

Also, the current plan provided by MinDA does not mention a high-speed train yet.

Its proposal for a two-track electric railroad for the Digos-Tagum route was shelved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in favor of a single-track, diesel-run locomotive.

Outside loop

The cities of Zamboanga and Surigao are outside the proposed main railroad loop. These urban centers have to be connected by spur lines from the main line in Butuan City (for Surigao) and in Iligan City (for Zamboanga).

Visiting Zamboanga City in March, former MinDA Secretary Jesus Dureza, now presidential adviser on the peace process, told the Inquirer that it would still take a long time before the rails would reach the city.

“A backbone will travel [from Davao City] up north and you have to look at the terrain,” Dureza said. “You cannot just say, let’s put up a train there. The train cannot go up the mountain. If there are mountains, you need to put up tunnels.”

“Whether or not the entire … [railroad] would be completed [in the Duterte administration] depends on how fast the government could allocate funds for the other sections, how viable [these segments are] to warrant quick approval from the Neda-ICC (National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee),” said Romeo Montenegro, MinDA deputy director for operations.

Building each segment in succession would take a long time, that was why MinDA has recommended that the DOTr allocate a budget to fund the feasibility studies for the rest of the track.

Once the studies are there, Montenegro said MinDA could easily scout for a partner to do the detailed engineering design and attract investors to fund the project.

“Without the [feasibility] studies, the plan [to build a Mindanao-wide railroad] would only be ‘drawings,’” he said.

Montenegro is hopeful, however, that the first segment of the proposed railroad would start construction soon.

Though Zamboanga City would be one of the last areas to be reached by the railroad, people there are welcoming the plan.

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Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said a railroad would bring development to Bangsamoro areas, but the government had to conduct extensive dialogues and negotiate with landowners along the route to prevent possible delays.

“[Based on our] experience in [implementing] road projects, we only hit a kilometer and be pressed to pay an equivalent of more than 10 km,” he said.

“The national government must explain [to the landowners] that the railroad would be for their own good. They must secure the help and cooperation of locals,” Hataman said.

Sense of ownership

Dureza said the people of Mindanao should have a sense of ownership so they would be willing to protect the railroad project themselves, instead of relying on the military and police.

“Proposals for a railroad project in the past did not push through because of peace and security issues,” he said. “There was this feeling that the place was not secured.”

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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2018, 05:43:14 PM »
DOTr execs: Mindanao Railway project ‘not derailed’
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(philstar.com) - May 20, 2018 - 6:54pm

MANILLA, Philippines —Two Transportation officials on Saturday disputed allegations that the Mindanao Railway project has been derailed by “higher officials.”

In a lengthy press release, Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, and Director for Communications Goddes Hope Libiran refuted the allegations made by Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino that he was kept from speaking about the Mindanao Railway project.

Batan clarified that Tolentino was only asked to postpone his press conference to keep from preempting the high-level discussions on the best strategy to implement the railway project. He added that Assistant Secretary Tolentino was told why he was asked to postpone his press briefing but that he refused to listen.

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Last Friday, Tolentino held a press conference and claimed that higher officials of the DOTr derailed the Mindanao Railway project to borrow funds from a foreign company despite having a P36-billion budget.

Tolentino also alleged he was being stopped from speaking.

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The undersecretary also explained that “the ongoing multi-agency and government-to-government discussions are aimed at evaluating whether to finance Phase 1 of Mindanao Railway with Official Development Assistance (ODA) from China.” He said these discussion involve economic managers and the governments of the Philippines and China.

Batan said that there is a concern that if the first phase is not implemented by China, it would be more difficult to get China’s support for the much longer future phases of the Mindanao Railway project. He stressed that the government cannot afford to be short-sighted since the objective is to complete 1,500 kilometers of railways.

“The discussions are likely to be completed by next week, but apparently that's too long for Assistant Secretary Tolentino to wait,” Batan said.

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Libiran said that Tugade issued a Memorandum setting a Media Affairs Protocol, which requires the endorsement of the concerned undersecretary, the director for communications, and the secretary before press conferences can be called.

 “Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino's presscon yesterday was not only unauthorized pursuant to the DOTr media affairs protocol—it was held in defiance of clear, repeated, and explained instructions coming from me, Undersecretary Batan, and, most importantly, Secretary Tugade,” Libiran said.

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The project is eyed to be completed by 2021. —Rosette Adel

Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/20/1817026/dotr-execs-mindanao-railway-project-not-derailed#gAxq5wVgpio5a8oq.99

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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2018, 05:51:46 PM »
DOTr bares plans for China to fund entire Mindanao Railway project
By Eimor P. Santos, CNN Philippines

Updated 11:40 AM PHT Tue, May 22, 2018

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/19/Mindanao-Railway-project-China-funding.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 19) — China may fund all phases of the multi-billion-peso Mindanao Railway project, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) revealed Saturday.

"The ongoing multi-agency and government-to-government discussions are aimed at evaluating whether to finance Phase 1 of Mindanao Railway with Official Development Assistance (ODA) from China," the DOTr said in a press release.

The ODA is a government aid, a loan or grant that aims to promote the economic development of developing countries.

The first phase of the railway project, spanning over 100 kilometers, will connect the cities of Tagum in Davao del Norte, Davao City, and Digos in Davao del Sur. It is expected to reduce travel time from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours.

The project costs around P36 billion, which was initially supposed to come from the national budget under the General Appropriations Act.

But the DOTr said it might be better for China to finance the entire project, whose cost has yet to be revealed.

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The DOTr said this phase is "on track" with its target completion date of 2021 amid allegations the project is being delayed as there are certain officials manipulating the bidding process by favoring certain contractors.

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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2018, 12:30:15 AM »
Gov’t to start negotiations for right of way settlement on Mindanao Railway project
Published July 13, 2018, 12:30 PM
By Antonio Colina IV

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/07/13/govt-to-start-negotiations-for-right-of-way-settlement-on-mindanao-railway-project/

DAVAO CITY – The government will start the negotiations with property owners this year for the settlement of road right of way in the implementation of the phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project, an official from the Mindanao Development Authortiy (MinDA) said.

MinDA executive deputy director Romeo Montenegro said in an interview on Wednesday that the government allotted P9 billion to acquire the properties that would be in the path of the train that will run 102 kilometers from Tagum, to Davao City, and to Digos City.

The first segment will comprise eight stations, namely: Tagum; Carmen; Panabo; Mudiang (in Bunawan, Davao City); Davao Terminal; Toril; Sta. Cruz; and Digos. A 10-hectare depot will be built in Tagum.

The government targets to complete the acquisition within the year, he said.

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The budget for the right of way settlement was part of the P36 billion approved budget under the 2018 General Appropriations Act, which was intended for a one-track, diesel-run locomotive.

But Department of Transportation (DOTr) later reverted to its original plan of a two-track electricity-run railway worth P86 billion.

But he said this is still subject for approval by the National Economic Development Authority-investment coordination committee, which consists of sectary of finance as chairman; the NEDA director-general as cochairman; and executive secretary, secretaries of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, Budget and Management and the governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines as members.

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Upon project completion, the DOTr expects the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to increase to 134,060 by 2022.

The Department projects the daily ridership to further increase to 237,023 by 2032 and 375,134 by 2042, it said.

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