- The feasibility study for a cable car system for Metro Manila has begun
- The French government extended a 450,000 Euro-grant to the DOTr
- The implementation of a cable car system in Metro Manila will be based on the result of the feasibility study
More than two years after Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade floated the idea of solving road congestion in Metro Manila by installing a cable car system in the metropolis, the feasibility study for it has finally pushed through.
A direct grant from the French government amounting to 450,000 Euros (around P27 million) to the Philippine government jumpstarted the feasibility study that, according to the Department of Transportation, is expected to last for 10 months.
A meeting between Department of Transportation officials and French officials led by Ambassador of France to the Philippines Nicolas Galey was held at the DOTr office in Clark, Pampanga on Wednesday, November 14. The first technical working group meeting was also held on the same day.
As per a GMA story, French consulting firms MDP Consulting and Systra, both with international expertise in transport infrastructure and cable car systems, will conduct the feasibility study.
“It is the DOTr that has been pushing for a feasibility study on a cable car project in the country. France was engaged in the process given that it has one of the best urban cable car systems in the world,” the DOTr said.
The agency stressed that the grant was only for the feasibility study in order to determine if a cable car system is economically and financially viable.
“Please note that this grant is merely for a feasibility study. The implementation phase will proceed based on the results of this study,” the DOTr noted.
While the study is aimed at identifying areas in Metro Manila where a cable car system can be installed, Secretary Tugade urged the technical working group to also consider a study for La Union to Baguio and Caticlan to Boracay as prospective routes for a cable car system.
Tugade said the cable car system will not only be just a good transport solution, but may serve to boost tourism in those areas.