Govt sets long-term mass transport roadmap

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Nearly one trillion pesos worth of mass transit projects have been tagged by the Aquino administration under a roadmap it hopes will be adopted by succeeding governments.

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In a presentation during Wednesday’s Philippine Economic Briefing, officials said the projects, which include additional railways, transport terminals and road expansions, among others, would cost some P940 billion. Implementation would meet the demands of increased passenger volumes and economic growth.

“The Aquino administration has adopted it as a road map and we have already started to implement components of that roadmap,” Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson told reporters at the sidelines of the Philippine Economic Briefing on Wednesday.

“[W]e’re saying that hopefully that road map is adopted by the next administration, whoever will be the head of the next administration,” he added.

The mass transit system projects, based on the presentation, include:

• the Automated Fare Collection System under the private-public partnership (PPP) program, now under implementation;

• C-5 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) also under the PPP program and up for approval;

• Manila BRT, which is for Official Development Assistance (ODA) and under National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) scrutiny;

• Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) capacity expansion that being implemented;

• Integrated Transport System (ITS) Southwest PPP, now under implementation,

• ITS South PPP, under procurement;

• ITS North PPP, under study;

• Manila Bay-Pasig River Ferry Service PPP, also under study;

• Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension PPP now being implemented;

• LRT-6 Dasmarinas Line PPP, already approved by the NEDA;

• MRT-7 or the Commonwealth Line PPP, now under implementation;

• LRT-2 operations and management PPP, now under procurement;

• LRT-4 or the Taytay Line PPP that is for roll-out;

• North-South Railway-North line, under ODA and now under implementation; and

• the North-South Railway-South PPP, under procurement.

The country’s capital is currently served by three railways — the LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT 3 and the Philippine National Railways’ Tutuban to Cabuyao, Laguna line.

Officials said the transport development plan was data-driven and took into account goals such as improving competition and determining optimal routes, particularly in congested Metro Manila, which will hopefully get its own subway.

“I think the objective is going to be the same … to make Metro Manila more livable,” Singson said.

The roadmap runs to 2030, which means that succeeding governments would have to commit to it.

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