Councilor seeks further study on public transport reforms-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE City Council committee on transportation and communications has recommended a review of the public transport reforms for Davao City aside from the preliminary study conducted by Halcrow, an official said.
Speaking in Monday’s edition of the Kapehan sa Dabaw City, Councilor Leo Avila said a more thorough study is needed on the social impact and the financial requirement of the public transport reforms.
He said there is a need-to-know as to how will the transport reform affects the operators, drivers, and the commuters.
"How feasible it is for local operators to run buses? Do transportation cooperatives have enough money to buy and maintain buses? How will it impact the transportation operators who might be transferred to routes that have no services? These concerns can be answered by another study," Avila said.
He said the second study should also look deeper into the financial requirement of the project. Infrastructure will play a big part in the public transport reform like putting up public terminals and loading and unloading areas with waiting sheds.
"These infrastructure projects need huge investments. They will cost a lot and we need to find out where to get the money," said Avila. He said that with these infrastructure projects will also mean investors who will come in to pour in investments.
But Avila was quick add they have yet to determine if there is a need for a second study after the Asia Development Bank (ADB) wraps up and presents its final report in November.
"We will know if there will be a second study, probably a feasibility study, after the team from ADB present their report in November to DOTC, the city mayor, and us," he said.
Earlier, Geoff Key of Halcrow said during the Davao Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Comprehensive Public Transport Reform for Davao City Forum on September 30 that they are pursuing the highly prioritized bus service for the next five to 10 years in Davao City.
The study started in 2010 and 2011 wherein an initial study on sustainable urban transport for the city was done led by a team of international and local consultants from Asia Halcrow and Transport and Traffic Planners (TTPI) Inc. The project expected to be completed in 2015 or 2016.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 29, 2013.