The Lapu-Lapu City government has welcomed the idea of rolling out a hybrid electric road train (ERT) next year whose route may extend to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in this city.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza said the project needs the coordination of and consultation from the local governments concerned.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Cebu City government signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding to address traffic congestion through the introduction of a 40-meter long hybrid electric road train project that is composed of five interconnected fully air-conditioned coaches.
Four of these coaches can accommodate 60 passengers each for a total of 240 commuters per ride.
The ERT, according to DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, can serve an estimated 650,000 commuters per year.
Radaza said she was open to the plan, but she said she will look into the entire proposal first to avoid future inconvenience, especially on concerns about conflict on routes.
Lapu-Lapu City is expected to start the development of a Php 20-billion, 400-hectare reclamation project along the coastal areas of Barangays Ibo, Buaya, Mactan and Punta Engaño next year, and the ERT project, according to the mayor, may possibly affect the routes.
The ERT is an alternative means of transportation that was launched by the national government last August 2014 and is currently being tested at the Clark Airbase in Angeles City, Pampanga.
It will be implemented ahead of the Php 10.6-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Cebu City which is expected to be operational in 2017.