Solon hopes proposed train system can ‘save’ Metro Cebu

Published November 24, 2019, 1:54 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Ellson Quismorio

Only a commuter train system can save Metro Cebu from an impending “economic gridlock,” Cebu 1st district Rep. Eduardo Gullas said on Sunday.

Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas (Office of the Mayor, City of Talisay, Cebu Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas (Office of the Mayor, City of Talisay, Cebu Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Metro Cebu needed a passenger train system 20 years ago. That is how far behind we are now,” Gullas, former Cebu provincial governor, said in a statement.

According to the congressman, trains remain as the fastest way to move the most number of people over short and long distances.

He said that failure to quickly put up a commuter train system amid “deteriorating road congestion” would result in an economic gridlock in Cebu’s busy metropolis.

Gullas said he supported Udenna Infrastructure Corp.’s unsolicited proposal to build, transfer, operate and maintain a P78.9-billion monorail transit system for Metro Cebu.

“If nobody wants to build a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system for Metro Cebu, as we first proposed way back in 1996, then by all means let us have Udenna’s monorail,” he said.

Gullas is counting on the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to act fast on Udenna’s offer, which is still under evaluation.

Udenna plans to build two lines for the monorail – a 17-kilometer central line from Talisay City to Cebu City; and a 9-kilometer line from the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City to Cebu City.

The two lines would have an interchange in Cebu City.

Once awarded, the monorail project, which already enjoys original proponent status, would be completed in four years’ time.

Gullas is author of a long-pending bill that seeks to mandate the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to prepare and execute a plan to establish and operate an elevated Metro Cebu LRT System.

The fastest-growing urban center outside Metro Manila, Metro Cebu groups the seven cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Danao, Talisay, Naga and Carcar, plus the six municipalities of Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Cordova, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

 
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Solon hopes proposed train system can ‘save’ Metro Cebu

Published November 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ellson Quismorio

Only a commuter train system can save Metro Cebu from an impending “economic gridlock,” Cebu 1st district Rep. Eduardo Gullas said on Sunday.

Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas (Office of the Mayor, City of Talisay, Cebu Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas (Office of the Mayor, City of Talisay, Cebu Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Metro Cebu needed a passenger train system 20 years ago. That is how far behind we are now,” Gullas, former Cebu provincial governor, said in a statement.

According to the congressman, trains remain as the fastest way to move the most number of people over short and long distances.

He said that failure to quickly put up a commuter train system amid “deteriorating road congestion” would result in an economic gridlock in Cebu’s busy metropolis.

Gullas said he supported Udenna Infrastructure Corp.’s unsolicited proposal to build, transfer, operate and maintain a P78.9-billion monorail transit system for Metro Cebu.

“If nobody wants to build a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system for Metro Cebu, as we first proposed way back in 1996, then by all means let us have Udenna’s monorail,” he said.

Gullas is counting on the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to act fast on Udenna’s offer, which is still under evaluation.

Udenna plans to build two lines for the monorail – a 17-kilometer central line from Talisay City to Cebu City; and a 9-kilometer line from the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City to Cebu City.

The two lines would have an interchange in Cebu City.

Once awarded, the monorail project, which already enjoys original proponent status, would be completed in four years’ time.

Gullas is author of a long-pending bill that seeks to mandate the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to prepare and execute a plan to establish and operate an elevated Metro Cebu LRT System.

The fastest-growing urban center outside Metro Manila, Metro Cebu groups the seven cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Danao, Talisay, Naga and Carcar, plus the six municipalities of Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Cordova, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

 
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