Subway System For Metro Manila

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADepartment of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya announced that his department and the Department of Public Works and Highways are working with Japan International Cooperative Agency about a study to build a subway system in Metro Manila.

During the Philippine Economic Briefing on Tuesday, Abaya said that according to the population, size and demand for Metro Manila, a subway system is viable as an alternative to road and rail transportation. The government is formally studying this possibility as a quicker solution to Metro Manila’s public transportation problems.

DOTC Secretary Abaya also added that the concept for the subway system will be completed on January 2014, during that time they will start working on the foundation underground and hope that the next administration will take on the project.

They are also considering the possibility of implementing a rapid bus transport system, but  the special lanes for buses maybe needed beforehand.

The 23-kilometer EDSA is Metro Manila’s busiest thoroughfare and becomes congested during rush hours and heavy rains.  Around 350,000 vehicles pass through EDSA every day.   Average speed is a measly 15 kilometers per hour.

The current MRT rail system was designed to carry 350,000 passengers every day. But actual ridership is double the capacity.

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3 Comments

  1. “DOTC Secretary Abaya also added that the concept for the subway system will be completed on January 2014, during that time they will start working on the foundation underground and hope that the next administration will take on the project.”

    Bakit hindi ba long-term ang project na ito? Why hope? Is this going to be another white elephant when the new administration takes over? Sino-sino na naman kaya ang kikita dito kung uumpisahan ang project pero walang kasiguraduhan na tatapusin ito? Is it going to be another waste of hard-earned taxpayer’s money?

    Please people of government, it is time to change your mindset. Huwag tayong pabigla-bigla sa mga projects just because it is popular and looks good. Yes, we needed the mass transit decades ago, but please study it thoroughly and follow it through regardless of who sits in Malacañang and finish it for the sake of the tax-paying public. And please, deduct the cost of corruption!

  2. @marilentp:disqus, I’m thinking you got the Secretary’s message wrong.It’s not as if the project can be done in just a snap of a finger.

    Let us not forget that the Ramos Admin started the MRT Project back in 90’s. Half of the line has been opened during the Estrada Admin, and the rest was completed during the Arroyo Admin.

    It’s not as if one will start building his house today and get it done the next day. 🙂

  3. hey hey hey that’s ok. but there were also previous good projects was discontinued by all new administrations. Mind me, those projects were funded by since marcos, aquino, ramos, erap and arroyo’s time. it may all gone in the wind now. There is no law that protects these. whenever new administration comes, he can deliberately trashed these precious projects for the people. how egoistic. whatever is noble, noteworthy and can make nation proud, we should continue these things irregardless who initiated these. sometimes, I am thinking how to become not a filipino. shameful. very few things to make us proud and patriotic. its not safe to walk around, thieves and addict all flocking everywhere. Your are all worried for your sons and daughter to come home and even more for yourself… its not safe place to live by. we became what we watch on tv, badboy gangsters, syndicate, petty crime, instead of nurturing educating and fostering good conduct. only few and few people care. sadly, sometimes what if, I wish to have war and we lose…. so that other countries may rule over us and enslave us. then we could come to our senses,… we will realized once again to treasure freedom, education and love of our country. ..

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