The Philippines and Singapore agreed at present (Thursday, August 31) to work collectively on fixing Manila’s traffic issues.
Under a memorandum of understanding signed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) chief government Kong Wy Mun, Singapore is providing to help the Philippines develop an “intelligent transport system” (ITS).
The system is designed to management traffic move whereas monitoring congestion and traffic incidents.
Among measures being thought-about are congestion charging, related to Singapore’s Electronic Road Pricing system. A crack down on unlawful parking and bus lane enforcement are additionally being thought-about.
There are additionally proposals to centralise traffic and incident administration. In this manner highway accidents might be detected early to minimise congestion.
Mr Kong mentioned: “SCE will share Singapore’s journey in striving towards a sustainable land transport system through reduction in traffic volume, improvement in mobility and integrated land and transport planning.”
Mr Tugade mentioned the ITS can be in a “basket of approaches” to solve the nation’s traffic woes.
“It also underscores that we in the transport business in this country is not an enemy of technology,” he mentioned.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency has estimated that congestion within the capital prices the Philippine financial system 2.four billion pesos in misplaced productiveness day by day. If unchecked, that quantity may rise to six billion pesos a day by 2030.
There are an estimated two million automobiles in Metro Manila. With a highway community of about 1,100km, that interprets to 2,000 automobiles per kilometre.
Every day about 11 million folks use public transport. However, there are solely 15,000 buses, 48,000 jeepneys, 27,000 taxis and a meagre 50km of rail.
By comparability, Seoul has 526km, Beijing 456km and Singapore 146km.
What rail there may be at the moment carries about 1.5 million folks per day. By 2030, it’s estimated that 7.four million may rely o rail transport.
The authorities has been contemplating a “bus rapid transit” system related to Indonesia’s TransJakarta by subsequent 12 months.
Creating the east-west line would contain constructing 27.7km of devoted bus lanes, stations and a card-based ticketing system.
Three hundred buses would ply the route, which is anticipated to price four.65 billion pesos. The system can be able to carrying greater than 1 / 4 of one million folks each day.
The World Bank has already lent $2.9 million to a pilot an identical system in Cebu. That scheme is anticipated to carry 330,000 folks per day.