SP body seeks detailed info on transport system

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


THE City Council's committee on transportation has requested Polish inventor Ollie Mikosza, proponent of the Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation (Mister), an elevated rail personal rapid transfer system (PRT), to provide them a much more detailed information on the new transportation system.

The Mister-PRT system is a "high level mini-taxi" service where small, fully automatic, air-conditioned, driverless, and light weight pods are propelled by pollution-free motors.

It was developed by Mikosza.

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Leonardo R. Avila III, chair of the committee on transportation and communication, said they have asked the proponent to provide them information on the financial requirements of the proposed transportation system and to identify where in Davao City it will be built.

"We are expecting the needed information within this month. Currently, we are still studying and looking into this transportation system," Avila told reporters after Monday's edition of Davao Press Club's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex.

Last month, the committee held an online conference with Mikosza and other Mister proponents and executives from the United States, HongKong, and New Zealand.

Earlier, Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) officer-in-charge Ivan C. Cortez said the proposal, if recommened by the committee, will most likely be endorsed to the Public-Private Partnership Board.

Cortez 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.

Mikosza proposed for a 10-kilometer network that will have 1000 pods that will accommodate around 8,800 to 9,900 passengers 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.

The proposed network will run 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.

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 March 19, 2014.

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