- Commuters experience a dreading hours-long travel time daily
- Because of this, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is urged to declare a traffic crisis for him to have emergency powers to solve the issue
- Cable cars are eyed to be one of the traffic solutions in the metro
Arthur “Art” Tugade, Incoming secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication, thought of a peculiar way of solving the Metro Manila traffic: use of cable cars.
In a media interview, the incoming secretary said cable cars running about five to ten kilometers from Pasig City to EDSA and Makati City might help decongest roads.
Tugade said that the use of cable cars, which has 35 passenger capacity, is definitely being studied. The idea was borrowed from a Bolivia experience where there are cable cars, he said.
He plans to start it in Pasig area and then EDSA.
“Kaya ko ho naisipan iyan, again, hindi ko ho orihinal ‘to. Mayroon hong mga nag-suggest niyan ‘pag nag-dagdag tayo ng kalsada at nag-construct tayo e lalong makakatrapik kung gusto mo ng additional capacity, pumunta ka sa itaas,” he said.
(I thought of this, again, this is not an original. There are those who suggested that if we plan to build more roads and construct them, then traffic issues would just get worse. If you want an additional capacity, go in the airs.)
Tugade said that he has no definite plans on stations and routes for the cable car plan, since it is still just a concept. He said, though, that he already talked to a manufacturer of cable cars.
“Yung manufacturer ho ng cable car na gumawa sa Bolivia pa o sa Bogota nakausap ko na, so dinedecide na kung saan. Ang suhestyon ko magke-cable car ka not only as means of transportation but also for scenic purposes,” he said.
(The manufacturer of the cable cars which constructed those in Bolivia or Bugota is already in contact with me, so I am already deciding where we would build it. My suggestion is that we would have cable cars not only as a means of transportation but also for scenic purposes.)
According to Tugade, the longest time that it would take for cable cars to be operational is one year and six months. - HB, Kami Media