The tunnel boring machine (TBM) which was acquired for the Metro Manila Subway (MMS) is slated to be tested soon per the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
According to a Facebook post on the DOTrs official page, the TBM is set to be lowered into the Valenzuela depot location, sometime in May 2022. Around the same time, a test run of the TBM is also expected to be conducted as well.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade had this to say, “Ang sabi ng ating railway sector, May of this year, makikita ang lowering ng TBM at test run sa depot sa Valenzuela. Again, ito yung magpapakita na totoo yung Manila Subway.” Simply put, Secretary Tugade says that the test of the TBM is proof that the project is “real.”
If all goes to plan, the Metro Manila Subway could be completed in two and a half years. It is also expected to be able to service around 370,000 passengers per day.