Cable car use 'feasible' to ease Metro Manila traffic woes: urban planner
MANILA - The use of cable cars as a mode of transportation in Metro Manila to ease traffic congestion is "feasible," an urban planner and architect said Monday.
Felino Palafox Jr. said a cable car could ferry 10 people versus the ridership of cars nowadays at 1.6 passengers per car.
"Maybe cable cars from Antipolo going to Ortigas, Makati. It’s feasible, they have done that in many countries," he told ANC's Early Edition.
"Car ownership used to be privilege of the few, now it’s expectation of majority. You cannot control the ownership of cars but you can regulate the use of cars."
Palafox cited Manhattan, New York as an example, where car owners are charged every time they move their vehicle to another parking space. He also cited Singapore, where residents must provide proof they have a garage before buying a car. A similar legislation is pending at the Senate.
Government must address the metro's traffic problems through urban planning, land use, transportation planning, traffic engineering and traffic management, he added.
Palafox earlier proposed to construct an elevated walkway along EDSA and pedestrian bridges across Pasig River, Marikina River and San Juan River to promote walkability, which he said was an indicator of a first world country.
"We're still a third world country because one of the reasons is our leaders, both in government and business, still take their cars, not the public transit," he said.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo last week took public transportation to work after he was challenged by militant groups that claimed a transport crisis is plaguing commuters.
Panelo, however, said the situation in Metro Manila was a "traffic crisis."