Is a monorail system the solution to traffic woes?

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


A GROUP is proposing to the Cebu City Government the establishment of an elevated, multi-functional, mixed-use monorail system to solve the city’s traffic problem.

Maglev Vision Corp. said the monorail system is better than the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the Light Rail Transit-Mono Rail Transit (LRT-MRT) and the Department of Science and Technology’s Hybrid Bus Train.

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Jose Guardo Jr., chief architect of Maglev Vision Corp., said the monorail system will only be using about a one meter wide center island column.

Its construction, he said, will not affect traffic since it will occupy a small area. Also, the columns will only be installed at night.

Sought for comment about the proposal, Mayor Michael Rama said he wants to be briefed about it first.

He said he wants to know where the project will be implemented.

“Di ko ganahan anang elevated unya di na ka kita sa langit (I don’t like elevated because it might block my view of the sky),” he said.

Guardo’s proposal has been forwarded to the City Council.

Proposed routes

The council referred the matter to the committee on transportation for its report and recommendation during its session last April 23.

Guardo also said the BRT, the LRT-MRT and the hybrid bus train need a wide road to ensure they work the way they are intended. Implementing either of these systems will only worsen the city’s traffic, he said.

It will also involve a lot of land acquisition and road-widening, which he said, is a “very expensive proposition.”

The monorail system, he said, will be mixed-use and it can be converted into a Formula 1 race track that can be used on special occasions, such as the Charter Day or the Sinulog celebration, among others.

Based on their 35-page proposal, Guardo said they are proposing to install the elevated monorail transit system from Capitol to Fuente Osmeña then to Colon St., to Plaza Independencia to SM City Cebu, Mabolo, Ayala, I.T. Park, UP Cebu and to Escario.

The route, he said, will be a loop.

As for the north and south district line, Guardo said the route will pass the University of San Jose-Recoletos, proceed to the South Road Properties-Mambaling, to the Cebu Institute of Technology, to V. Rama Ave. to Zapatera, to Gen. Maxilom Ave., to the National Telecommunications Commission in Subangdaku, then to San Miguel.

Guardo said the project will need at least three trains that can accommodate 60 passengers each, with each train costing around P50 million.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 30, 2014.

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