Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is seriously considering the use of cable cars to resolve Metro Manila’s traffic problem.
Tugade said he is looking at adapting the cable car system used in Bolivia.
“’Yung cable cars, gagamitin, pinag-aaralan, definitely. Ito ho, hinihiram ko ito ‘yung Bolivia experience na kung saan mayroong mga cable car [The use of cable cars is being studied. I am borrowing from the experience of Bolivia where cable cars are in use],” Tugade told a television interview.
He said cable cars that can carry 35 persons in each gondola will be installed first in Pasig City and Makati City and these can be operational within 18 months.
“Kaya ko ho naisipan iyan, again, hindi ko ho orihinal ‘to. Mayroon hong mga nag-suggest niyan ‘pag nag-dagdag tayo ng kalsada at nag-construct tayo e lalong makakatrapik kung gusto mo ng additional capacity, pumunta ka sa itaas [This is not my original idea. There were some suggestions that if we construct additional roads it will only worsen the traffic chaos so if we want additional capacity, we have to go up],” Tugade added.
He did not give other details on the stations or where exactly the cable car system will be placed.
But he has already talked to a manufacturer of cable cars to discuss his plans.
“’Yung manufacturer ho ng cable car na gumawa sa Bolivia pa o sa Bogota [Colombia], nakausap ko na, so dine-decide na kung saan. Ang suhestyon ko magke-cable car ka not only as means o transportation but also for scenic purposes [I have talked to the manufacturer whose cable cars are being used in Bolivia or Bogota, so we are still deciding where the system will be installed. My suggestion is that you take a cable car not only as a means of transport but for scenic purposes],” Tugade said.
He added that he also plans to build a cable car system to ferry passengers from Santa Rosa in Laguna, south of Manila, to Makati City.
“Pinag-aaralan ho yung detalye [The details are still being studied]. Maybe it’s technically not accurate on my part to be saying that… But suffice it to say at the moment that it is seriously being looked into,” Tugade said.
In 2014, Bolivia launched the longest cable car system in the world–an 11-kilometer gondola system carrying passengers from La Paz to El Alto.
Cable cars are also used to transport passengers in different parts of Latin America such as in Caracas in Venezuela, Manizales and Medellin also in n Colombia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.