Transport roadmap to address Metro traffic

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THE government is working hard to address the worsening traffic problem in Metro Manila.

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This, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), is through “The Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas.”

The roadmap was conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the roadmap consists of upgrading urban roads, expressways, urban/suburban rails and road-based public transport and improving traffic management.

Part of the roadmap is the construction of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) elevated expressway and the 14-kilometer Skyway 3 project.

“The roadmap will be the administration’s guide on what to implement in Metro Manila until 2030,” Tolentino said.

He added that in order to address the traffic problem, Metro Manila still needs an inter-city expressway of 426 kilometers until 2030.

It also needs urban and suburban railways of six main lines with 246 kilometers and five secondary lines with 72 kilometers respectively.

Mico Dizon, MMDA planning officer, said the government is also planning to put up a subway or the Mass Transit System Loop.

“It aims to improve inter-city linkage by providing a higher capacity public transportation system,” he explained.

The subway will start at San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, and end in Dasmariñas, Cavit, traversing the major business districts of Metro Manila.

“The study is ongoing and if it will be approved, it will be implemented in 2017,” Dizon said.

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