DOTr to review increase of passenger capacity amid easing of quarantine restrictions
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking into increasing passenger capacity in public transportation as quarantine restrictions ease in several areas in the Philippines.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said during a virtual presser on Wednesday (June 16) that public transportation is currently at 50% capacity.
“Paunti-unti dadagdan naitn iyan at hihingi tayo ng approval sa mga kinauukulan, higit sa lahat sa IATF at sa mga LGU,” he said.
(We will gradually increase [the capacity] and we will request approval from respective authorities, especially from the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] and LGUs [local government units].)
Meanwhile, the department said they will continue to increase the number of buses available to accommodate more passengers with limited capacity and to lessen congestion.
Tugade also said he has instructed his team to review if increasing the passenger capacity by 5% to 10% is possible.
“Naumpisahan na iyan. Mayroon na kaming tinatawag na pag-aaral at mag-approach kami sa IATF na kung puwede dagdagan, let’s say 5%, 10% and we make it gradual. Hindi natin pwedeng biglain iyan,” he said.
(We have started it. We are already conducting studies and we will approach the IATF if we can increase the capacity by 5% or 10% and we make it gradual. We cannot rush this.) –AAC
PNR Calamba project draws record-breaking number of bids
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Calamba Project has received a record-breaking number of bids, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
A turnout of 34 bids was received from six Philippine companies and 17 international companies that intend to participate in contract packages of the PNR-Calamba Project.
The said project aims to construct a combined 40.5 kilometers of viaduct structures, including 13 elevated stations and a 22-hectare train depot.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade that the impressive turnout of bidders for the PNR Calamba Project’s contract packages is proof of the infrastructure sector’s trust in the government’s Build Build Build infrastructure program.
He also reported that five more contract packages for the PNR Calamba Project are set for the opening of bids later this year.
PNR Calamba is part of the massive 147-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System which has 35 stations stretching from Calamba in Laguna to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.
The NSCR System will have a fleet of 464 train cars or 58 trains sets, including seven (7) Airport Express train sets.
The NSCR System intends to cut travel time from the Clark International Airport to Calamba from more than 4 hours down to just 1.5 hours. AAC
DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic
MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.
In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.
The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.
“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.
MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.
Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC
DOTr completes 3 bike lanes in NCR, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has completed three bike lanes in the National Capital Region (NCR), Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.
In the NCR, the DOTr and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have completed 313 kms of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages.
In Metro Cebu, the agencies completed the installation of 129 kms of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages. Meanwhile, in Metro Davao, the DOTr installed 55 kms of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages.
Three bike lanes are set to be inaugurated this month as part of the government’s goal to promote active transportation in the country.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade assured that the department is committed to promoting active transportation and ensuring the safety of the pedestrians.
“We intend to provide commuters with access to faster, and efficient means of mass transportation; and to open infrastructure for active transportation such as walking and cycling,” he said. AAC