The incoming government of Rodrigo Duterte has set its sights on cable cars in order to ease the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila.
“Yung cable cars ang pinag-aaralan natin definitely,” according to incoming transportation secretary Arthur Tugade during an interview on ANC’s “Headstart” on June 28.
Tugade said that he got the idea about the cable cars from Bolivia. “Hiniram ko lang yung idea sa aking Bolivia experience. Eto yung mga cable gondolas na may 35-seater capacity.”
The government plans to start the new mode of transportation in Pasig City and will run up to Makati City, he said.
Tugade also said that it is possible to put cable cars on the whole stretch of Edsa.
“That’s only five kilometers, 10 kilometers. I’m looking at a long-term plan in which there will be cable cars from Sta. Rosa, Laguna to Makati City,” he said.
Tugade said that the the only way to solve traffic in the city these days is to go up.
“Pag magda-dagdag tayo ng kalsada at magko-construct tayo, lalong magkaka-trapik. Kung gusto mo ng additional capacity, pumunta ka sa taas. Again, hindi ko idea ito, marami na rin ang nag-suggest nito,” he added.
Tugade also said that he has discussed the project with the manufacturer of cable cars abroad.
“Sila yung gumagawa from Bolivia. Dine-design na rin yan. Ang suggestion ko kung mag ke-cable car ka, it’s not only as a means of transportation but also for scenic purposes,” he said.
Tugade said that it will only take one year and six months for the cable cars to be operational.
“The moment na maumpisahan na ‘yung pag-build ng cable cars, one year and six months lang, operational na ito,” he said. MC