Gov’t eyes reviving old alternative transport systems to combat Manila Traffic
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said it would launch special coaches on the country’s national railway system PNR in a bid to ease the anticipated heavy traffic as infrastructure projects start around Metro Manila.
The special coaches will be air-conditioned and will have other perks like reclining seats, washrooms and lounge areas. They will be traversing the Tutuban to Sta Rosa route 4 times a day. PNR General Manager Joseph Allan Dilay said ‘the Special Coach service is part of our programme to revive the old glory of PNR, and to deliver improved services to the public.’
PNR already serves 65,000 passengers on 70 daily trips.
Aside from the PNR, many in government are eyeing the revival of the Pasig River Ferry service as an alternative traffic solution. Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) administrator Nicasio Conti is wooing the private sector to invest in the ferry service. The Philippine Ship Agents Association (PSSA) has also expressed interest in campaigning for the revival.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto urged Malacañang to consider supporting the campaign. The Palace had earlier shot down the idea of reviving the ferry service and stood by its decision unless studies would prove the revival will indeed be worth the investment.
Meanwhile, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is continuing to campaign for the use of bikes as an alternative mode of transport around the metro.