Investors needed to revive Pasig River ferry

from report by Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2014 11:03 AM | Updated as of Jan 28 2014 07:03 PM


MANILA, Philippines -- There have been several attempts to revive the Pasig River ferry system since 1990, but they were all short-lived and ended up in closure due to low passenger turnout.

But with more traffic jams expected as the government rolls out major road and mass transport projects, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) thinks this could be the best time to revive the ferry service.

"It cuts through all these cities, hindi siya congested so tuloy-tuloy traffic," said Maximo Mejia, Jr., MARINA administrator.

The ferry used to have 17 operational terminals that start in Plaza Mexico in Intramuros. It passes through Makati, Mandaluyong and ends up in Nagpayong in Pasig.

Mejia said the ferry network may also be extended up to Laguna Lake to serve commuters from Cavite and Laguna.

But in order to do this, the government needs investors to renovate the terminals and operate the service.

More boats are also needed to reduce the intervals between arrivals, which was among the major issues before.

"Hindi daw kasi predictable ferry schedule, so biglang nawala (passengers). Hindi nila alam kung gaano sila maghihintay," Mejia said.

MARINA expects to submit recommendations to the Department of Transportation and Communications in two months.