Cable cars eyed to ease Metro traffic

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Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is seriously considering the use of cable cars to resolve Metro Manila’s traffic problem.

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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.

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  2. Strict maintenance schedule must also be enforced because if those cables break then disaster will happen. They also should not be too high so if there us accident or malfunction its easy to rescue passengers and if they fall many will survive.

  3. Good Idea, but may be this is not he perfect solution. What we need is to re-direct private cars to other ways that will not block the commuters.

    Separate commercial to commuters, private cars & motorbikes (ect)

    Have to look very-very close to metro manila map in order to crate good divertion among motorist.

  4. I see the cable cars are temporary fix. I see the subway or tunnel roads as the answer to traffic woes and shrinking land space in Metro Manila. Look at Norway, Japan, Switzerland, South Korea and Italy, they all have long tunnels. Constructing tunnel albeit expensive has many benefits such as reduce traffic problems, create more space, can be used as underground protection during war, improve engineering and construction, use of soils extracted from tunnels for land fills, enlarge/divert of the Pasig rivers to improve flow and use the river as one of the means of transportation using boat taxi and create floating restaurants, etc. Removing schools out of Manila, Caloocan, Quezon City and Makati will definitely reduced traffic and improve the health and safety of the students.

  5. Ignacio Balbutin on

    Traffic gridlock in Manila has many reasons and one of the reasons is the undisciplined attitude of the motorist. Illegal parking should be eliminated. I saw once, the Prime Minister in Britain, drove a bulldozer and run over the parked mercedes benz. No wonder why there’s no traffic problem in that city. Imposed strict discipline on all motorists especially jeepneys and buses. However having a cable car can also solve in some ways.

  6. Definitely we can use the Pasig to to ferry roll-on, roll-off barges of cargo trucks at unloading points to reduce their number plying the roads and port congestion. However, spare the cables for hanging public works contractors who after digging up roads and leave them unfinished, cause an eternity of traffic misery.

  7. This is good idea but also should include more use of bigger ferry boats in psig river. A combination of both can put a dent in the traffic problem. Study should include plans if there is a typhoon, surely the cable cars and ferry boats are dangerous or cannot be used.

    • Ignacio Balbutin on

      good idea, clean all the rivers, especially Pasig river and boat transportation can also alleviate traffic gridlock. It is being done in Thailand and its effective as long as strict safety measures be in placed