Saturday, July 21, 2007
Antipolo Extension: 100 Years After (Part II)
Highway 54 (now called EDSA, an acronym for Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) was built during the Commonwealth period. The EDSA Guadalupe Bridge was built on top of the Antipolo Extension Railways. The line from Guadalupe to Montalban and Antipolo was abandoned before World War II and was never rebuilt. The line from Sta Mesa to EDSA Guadalupe bridge was used up to the late 1970s while the line after the bridge was converted into industrial plants, housing, roads and the rest occupied by informal settlers. In the late 1990s, a new MRT was constructed on top of the Antipolo Extension as seen in the picture above. MRT construction started in 1997. The initial section from North Avenue to Buendia opened on December 16, 1999 while the Buendia to Taft Avenue, on July 20, 2000.
Train service once again crossed the unpredictable Marikina River after more than 60 years. Construction of the LRT 2 started in 1998 and the Santolan, Pasig to Cubao segment was opened on April 5, 2003. Cubao to Legarda segment on April 5, 2004 and Legarda to Recto segment, October 29, 2004. There are plans to extend this line to Antipolo (Masinag).
Train service to Marikina stopped before World War II. Marikina residents yearn for the return of the Iron Horse. The City government bought a Baldwin steam locomotive (from Pampanga Sugar Dev. Co.) and was exhibited at the Marikina Riverside complex to serve as a reminder of the Manila Railroad Company line that ran across the entire Marikina town.
To be continued...