CEBU CITY – A monorail system is being eyed as part of Metro Cebu’s solution to its traffic problem and would serve as mass transport backbone of the City, according to Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Michael Lloyd Dino.
Dino said the monorail system will become the main element of the Cebu Integrated Inter-modal Transport System (IITS) project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). “The Duterte administration is determined to give the Cebuanos a sigh of relief against the long-standing traffic problem in Cebu. Such determination will be operationalized through this monorail project of Udenna (Infrastructure Corp.) of Mr. Dennis Uy,” Dino said.
Udenna earlier announced that it revised its original proposal to build Light Rail Transit (LRT) project for Metro Cebu, and proposed to instead implement the Cebu Rail Project using the monorail technology. Udenna and its foreign partners obtained an original proponent status from the DOTr for the project.
Goddes Hope Libiran, spokesperson of DOTr, confirmed to PNA that the monorail project is really a part of the IITS. Aside from the monorail, other components of IITS will include the high priority bus system, point-to-point bus system, and intelligence traffic management system.
Dino said monorail has a distinctive technology that is fast to construct, and has the same passenger-carrying capacity and operational efficiency with that of the LRT system. “Among monorail’s plausible feature is its cost for its construction. With P80 billion or half of the LRT’s cost, Metro Cebu will enjoy a mass transport backbone using the monorail technology,” he said.
He said as a technology, monorail will have “more or less the same carrying capacity of an LRT” and even cited the successful monorail systems abroad like the one in Florida and California in the United States.
Dino said Japan has earned the distinction of having the world’s most transit monorails existing, eight of which are full-scale urban transit systems. Monorails, he said, have also been a transport system in Malaysia, Europe, Russia, Korea, China, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. “ It is high time to be at par with those countries. And with the new leadership in Cebu province and the City of Cebu, I am confident that monorail will take a center stage of Cebu’s development. Let’s make Cebu number one again,” he said. (John Rey Saavedra)
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