The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has reported that they currently are in the final stages of their feasibility study for the Metro Manila cable car system.
As per them, French consultants are expected to arrive here in the country any time this week to advance and expedite the feasibility of the study of the proposed Metro Manila cable car system; the first of its kind in the country.
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What will be the route of this Metro Manila cable car system?
As per the department, this line would run to and from Marikina to Pasig. As per previous studies and observations, this plan might just be the solution the country is looking form to ease the traffic in the Metro.
Back in November 2018, GMA reported that this is going to be carefully studied and observed; moreover, they said that this concept came from Bolivia when Department Secretary Arthur Tugade visited the said country.
Yung cable cars pinag-aaralan definitely… Ito ho, hinihiram ko ‘yung Bolivia experience kung saan mayroong mga cable car.”
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In Translation: These cable cars are definitely being studied. This idea was something I borrowed from my Bolivia experience where there were cable cars.
French consultants to visit the country
As per DOTr Spokesperson Goddes Hope Libiran, the visit of the French people is a part of a grant for a feasibility study from France in establishing a cable car transport system.
In a text message, she said that consultants are going to arrive this week. No mention of when or who will arrive; she did not elaborate any further.
Consultants doing the feasibility study will arrive this week.”
Back in November of last year, the French government OK-ed a €450,000 grant to push a feasibility study as regards a cable car system in the country.
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The DOTr told reporters that this feasibility study is to run for a total of ten (10) months. The tenth (10th) month is up and now, French consultants will be arriving at the country to check on the situation.
The feasibility grant is a direct grant from the Government of France. As the grantor, the French Government is looking at an urban area for the cable car project’s pilot implementation.”
Even before the Duterte Administration, DOTr Secretary Tugade said that there have been study and exploratory talks with a company that makes and manufactures cable cars for Bolivia.
This is why it has been easily approved and executed; even before the current Administration, they were planning and considering this to be effective within the Metro.
As per the department, the study will be completed in three (3) different stages within a total of ten (10) months. Meaning, all of these have been done already:
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- Compare potential corridors and the selection of the best cable car alignment;
- Identification of potential cable car corridors; and
- Determining whether the project is feasible, economically, technically, and financially.
According to Libiran, the alignment of these cable cars as per the full feasibility is the alignment of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2.
The alignment under the full feasibility study is Light Rail Transit Line 2 Santolan Station to Ortigas Avenue, using the Marikina River alignment.”
Baguio City plans to do the same
As per the DOTr, the local government of Baguio city said that they are also suggesting that Baguio city do the same thing; to establish a cable car system from La Union to Baguio city.
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Libiran added that the government would be checking with the consultants on specifically when the study will be completed. She said that they will be confirming this when they arrive here in the country.
We will confirm with our consultants once they arrive. We do not want to preempt at this point the completion of the feasibility study.”
What do you think of a Metro Manila cable car system? Could this be the answer to the traffic woes our country is experiencing?
Source: GMA Network
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