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Thursday, March 21, 2019

LGUs told: Study proposals carefully

AS more mass transport systems are being introduced in Metro Cebu, a transportation expert urged local officials to study each proposal before accepting and implementing them.

Rene Santiago, a transportation engineering consultant based in Manila, said yesterday that while mass transportation systems can provide more options for commuters, these could also bring more harm than good.

Metro Cebu will soon have a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system after it was given a go-signal by the National Government.

Studies are also underway for the Light Rail Transit system and monorail system in some parts of the metro.

With private sectors interested to invest on these mass transport systems, Santiago said it is possible that they would try to gain profit from these ventures.

While he sees no problem with investors pouring in money, Santiago said they must ensure that their proposal will confer to a full transportation master plan.

“They have to make sure that it will truly benefit the riding public,” Santiago said.

A transportation network must also be properly planned to ensure that these systems will not clash with each other, he said.

Santiago suggested to implement short term solutions to the traffic problem such as carpooling, which lessens vehicles’ presence on major thoroughfares.

Officials must also invest in proper traffic management systems as a way to solve their traffic problems. (JKV)
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