Metro Manila needs 700km of mass transit to ease traffic
The capital needs 30 more EDSAs just to decongest traffic.
Metro Manila would need a whopping 700 kilometers (km) of railways and highways just to keep up with its ballooning population and cars plying the roads, according to the global lender International Finance Corp. (IFC).
“We can’t stop with the subway project. We’ve always been piecemeal with our
planning and project implementation. Metro Manila would need 700 kilometers in mass transport system to sufficiently address the needs of people living and working in Metro Manila,” IFC Senior Investment Officer Lulu Baclagon said during a forum organized by the BDO Private Bank.
Among the biggest projects under the Duterte administration’s infrastructure plan is the P355.6-billion subway project, which covers a 25-km track that will link Quezon City to Parañaque. This underground rail is expected to serve 370,000 passengers per day and will be funded by loans from Japan.