Proposed transport system tackled today

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


THE Davao City Council, through the committee on transportation, is set to hold a committee hearing today on the proposal of a Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation to set up an Elevated Rail-Personal Rapid Transit (Mister-PRT) system by Polish inventor Ollie Mikosza, an official said.

Based on technical descriptions contained in the proposal, Mister "is a 'high level mini-taxi' service where small, fully automatic, air-conditioned, driverless, and light weight pods are propelled by pollution-free motors."

Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) officer-in-charge Ivan C. Cortez, who was a guest in yesterday's edition of Davao Business Forum at Derm Path at SM City Davao, said they will be holding an online conference with Mikosza and other Mister proponents and executives from the United States, Hongkong, and New Zealand.

He said the proposal, once recommended by the committee, will most likely be endorsed to the Public-Private Partnership Board.

"It is an existing proposal...but we have to make sure it is what Davao City needs and beneficial to the city," Cortez said.

Cortez also said although the initial offer was for the city not to spend a dime for the construction of Mister-PRT, they still have to put into account the possible underlying costs that may occur after the setting up of the system.

He said Mikosza took notice of Davao City as a potential area for the adoption of Mister-PRT after they monitored the developments of Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Halcrow's Davao Sustainable Urban Transport (DSUT) project.

"They thought of this (Mister-PRT) as an alternative to the highly prioritized bus service," Cortez said.

For the initial phase, Mikosza has proposed for a 10 kilometer network that will from Davao International Airport to the City Hall. Stations in between are Buhangin-Catitipan, Damosa Lanang, SM Lanang, Davao City Water District, Southern Philippine Medical Center, Assumption School or National Statistics Office, SSS, Abreeza Mall, Victoria Plaza, Gaisano Mall, Ateneo de Davao University or Marco Polo Hotel, and Rizal-Anda station.

The 10 km network will have 1000 pods that will accommodate around 8,800 to 9,900 passenger per hour per direction. The pods can travel at a speed of up to 70km/h with approximately 50km/h on average and can take one to five passengers directly to their destination without any intermediary stops.

According to the proposal it will take around 2.5 years to construct the network. It also states that during the construction phase, around 10,000 people will be employed.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 26, 2014.

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