• Baguio hopes mono-rail will be realized

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    BAGUIO CITY: Mayor Mauricio Domogan is still optimistic about the planned mono-rail transport system that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) hopes to run in the nation’s Summer Capital.

    “If everything goes as planned, the city will soon have an alternative mode of transportation that is environment-friendly and cost-efficient,” he said.

    The DOST is conducting a feasibility study on Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) or road train for the central business district as an alternative transport for city commuters.

    “We requested that the study be expanded to cover the adjoining municipalities of La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay last year that is why it is taking a little longer,” he said.

    The idea of a mass transport system for the City of Pines was hatched in 2013 after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the DOST and the city government to formally start a joint endeavor of conceptualizing an alternative mode of transportation system as a possible solution to pollution and traffic woes.

    The project is spearheaded by the DOST through the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) in consultation with the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

    The AGT is designed by Filipino engineers and scientists from UP and DOST-MIRDC.The train is designed to be fully eqiupped with automated coaches that will run on rubber tires instead of metal wheels.

    The results of the study will be presented to the target communities and other concerned agencies and stakeholders when finished.

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