Improved infra transport connects Filipinos during pandemic
MANILA – The country’s public transport is now approaching new normal levels, almost two years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Department of Transport (DOTr) continuing its tightrope walk between sufficient public transport capacity and health protocols.
With most of the country under alert level 2 status, DOTr has relaxed health protocols in public transport, making the use of face shields optional and increasing the maximum capacity of most utility vehicles. public (VPU) at 70%.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said these efforts to ease restrictions on public transport are being made to help the country’s economy recover.
In addition to allowing the fluidity of public transport, he stressed the importance of continuing to invest in infrastructure to develop the country’s capacities.
“Infrastructure is the key to economic growth. It is the dynamic platform on which development can grow and shine. It is for this reason that the DOTr, despite all the difficulties caused by the pandemic, continued to step up the implementation of the “Build, Build, Build” program, Tugade said in a virtual meeting with chambers of Foreign Trade on November 27. 2021.
Improved transportation infrastructure allows for better mobility, giving Filipinos more time to spend with loved ones at home.
In the rail sector, the eastern extension project of light rail line 2 (LRT-2) has so far been completed, with seven other projects currently underway, including the extension of light rail line 1 on Rail (LRT-1) Cavite, MRT-7, Metro Manila Subway Project, PNR Clark Phases 1 and 2, Joint Station and Subic-Clark Rail System.
One of these key projects is Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7), which is over 60% complete and on track to be operational by December 2022.
When complete, the 22-kilometer, 14-station rail system will cut travel time from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan to just 35 minutes, from two to three hours currently.
To date, six MRT-7 trainsets, consisting of 18 cars, have so far arrived in the country, with the MRT-7 expected to have a total of 36 trainsets when completed.
In the maritime sector, the DOTr has so far carried out 484 social and tourist port projects in the country, supporting the Duterte administration’s objective of “equitable growth and development”, even in the most remote corners of the country.
One of these projects is the port of Zamboanga and the ongoing construction of its Passenger Terminal (PTB), which is expected to be the largest PTB in the country, capable of accommodating 4,500 people at any time.
In the aviation sector, a total of 233 airport projects have been completed to date, of which 84 are currently underway.
In addition, Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has almost completed its rehabilitation while five other projects are being designed and supplied: LRT-2 West Extension, MRT-4, PNR Calamba, PNR Bicol and the Mindanao Railway. project.
In the road sector, three key projects have been completed so far: the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, the Metropolitan Cycle Path Network and the Edsa Busway.
Six other projects are under construction, including the Edsa Greenways project, the Makati-Bonifacio Global City Greenways, the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the Metro Manila BRT, the Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange and the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project. (ANP)