• Construction of subway in Cebu proposed

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    CEBU CITY: Cebu City First District Rep. Raul del Mar has filed a bill for the construction of the Subway Tunnel Transit Network in the city.

    Del Mar filed House Bill No. 5141 following his proposal to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson for the construction of a subway to solve the worsening traffic problem in the city.

    “While we look to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to alleviate the traffic problem in Cebu City in the not too distant future, additional measures need to be done to solve the problem considering Cebu City’s expected growth,” del Mar said.

    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to implement a P10.6-billion BRT system in the city that utilizes buses on segregated lanes instead of trains.

    Del Mar said that the Subway Tunnel Transport Network System is capable of handling big volume of commuters in the coming years.

    The project prioritizes areas such as the city’s Central Business Districts.

    “The full potential for the subway tunnel network to solve not only traffic problem but also the flooding problem shall be explored,” del Mar said.

    He proposed that the traffic problem would be addressed by a tunnel for the mass transit railway system and a second tunnel for a vehicle road system.

    He said the flooding problem would be resolved by a tunnel for a water catchment and waterway to the rivers and sea.

    The bill also proposes to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) the inclusion of the subway tunnel in the projects under the World Bank-assisted Philippine Transport Infrastructure Development Framework Plan and in the 2011-2016 Public Investment Program (PIP) currently being updated by NEDA.

    The bill states that the Department of Public Works and Highways shall be responsible for the construction of the Subway Tunnel Transit Network, including the feasibility and detailed engineering studies and acquisition of sites.

    Del Mar earlier said Singson assured him of his support on the project.

    PNA

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