Tutukan na natin ang imprastruktura sa pampublikong transportasyon. Isabay natin sa development ng bansa.
Recent studies indicate that due to severe traffic, Metro Manila alone takes an economic hit of Php 876 billion to Php 1.095 trillion of economic losses per year.1The losses are compounded further by reducing economic growth potential through the impeded movement of goods and services.
Metro Manila can benefit from:
- Investments in rail system through procurement of additional transport coaches to meet demand and continue expansion of coverage (e.g. extension of LRT 1 to Bacoor, Cavite) and improvement of rail stations (including roll out of automatic fare collection system)
- Improvements in Transport policies2, and the continuing implementation of the Bus Rapid Transport System
- Follow through on Metro Manila Integrated Transport System, establishing 3 terminals to service provincial buses
- Decongestation of NAIA (handling 90% of demand), maximization of use of the DMIA and investing on connector roads to these airports
- Follow through on NLEX-SLEX connector road
But public transportation spending should not just be limited to urban centers. Spending for public transportation should be more holistic and include urban-rural linkage transport infrastructure.Continued investments in infrastructure in the provinces, including airports and seaports, will contribute torural economic participation and development.
- Japanese study in 2012 indicated that Php 2.4 billion was being lost daily; Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said that with a larger population and greater road congestion, the current estimate now stands at Php 3 billion of losses per day ↩
- The majority of our public transport policies and regulations are centered on motorized transport and are heavilyurban-centric. ↩