The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) on Monday expressed support to plans of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to construct a multi-line subway in a bid to improve public transport and ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
”The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) welcomes and supports a multi-line subway system being laudably considered for Metro Manila (MM) by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arturo Tugade. This initiative provides the catalyst for both the public and private sectors to focus and engage in a discourse on this ultimate mass transit option. Most large cities in Asia and elsewhere have subways while MM, although already a megapolis, is the notable exception,” MAP said in a statement.
With this, the group suggested to prioritize EDSA as the main line for fast-track planning and implementation of the project, which will run from North Avenue in Quezon City to Makati City and complement the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3).
The measure can be a vital part of an overall urban improvement plan to turn EDSA into a world-class, less congested and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare, MAP added.
“A presidential executive order to this effect will be helpful for planners and prospective proponents to provide focus and impetus. This EDSA subway can be named ‘Mabuhay Metro Line 1’ to signify a resurgent Philippines,” said Eduardo H. Yap, Governor-in-Charge for MAP Traffic, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
DOTr Undersecretary Noel Kintanar earlier proposed the idea of a subway construction through the revival of the previously planned east-west oriented subway traversing under EDSA to serve the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Ayala Center in Makati and the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay as one of the possible lines to comprise the Metro Manila subway system.
MAP, however, said factors such as a possible low ridership and legal issue of subterranean rights under many private properties traversed by the subway line have to be considered.