DOTr Reveals Infrastructure Projects
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has revealed its runway construction projects that could help provide better mass transportation.
The DOTr said, “We acknowledge this demand by the public, and it is in fulfilling this desire that the DOTr has been implementing projects geared towards providing commuters with access to faster, reliable, safe, and efficient means of mass transportation.”
These projects are the following: the Metro Manila Subway, the Light Rail Transit 1 Extension; the Light Rail Transit Line 2 East Extension; the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1; the Common Station expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021; the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7); and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) rehabilitation.
“We have also pushed for the acquisition of new train sets for the MRT-3, LRT-1, and PNR lines to increase their respective capacities, among others,” the DOTr said.
Light rail vehicles have already arrived for the LRT-1 Cavite Extension.
“Through these, the DOTr is putting in place mass public transportation as the principal means for mobility to reduce dependence on private vehicles,” the DOTr said.
For its Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program (PUVMP), DOTr said, “We are gearing towards a public transport that has clean energy-powered public buses, particularly high-capacity electric-powered vehicles, to move people while using fewer vehicles.”
Aside from transportation projects, other projects include infrastructure projects designed for walking and cycling such as the expansion of bicycle lanes in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao. “Around 29 kilometres of bike lanes were already established to date. Before the year ends, we intend to add 140 kilometres of bike lanes to the country’s expanding bike lane network,” the DOTr said.
Among these projects include the EDSA Greenways Project. “It aims to serve 1.1 million pedestrians daily in 2023 and 1.2 million/day in 2051. Target partial operations of the project are by December 2021 and full operations by February 2023,” the DOTr said.
Outside Metro Manila, there are the segments of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (Cebu BRT) , and the Davao Public Transportation Modernization Project. “The Cebu BRT’s Package 1, which covers the 2.6-kilometre busway, with four (4) stations, urban realm enhancement, and vital intersection improvements, is already at the procurement stage,” the DOTr said. “We are likewise targeting its partial operations this year as the parcellary works are currently ongoing following the awarding of its contract.”