Marikina-Ortigas cable car project up for NEDA body approval

In a step toward Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade's dream of having cable cars in Metro Manila, the project is now up for the approval of a National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) body.

In a statement on Friday, June 4, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III had informed French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz that the cable car project is now up for the approval of the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee.

France funded the P27-million feasibility study for the cable car project. The study, which began in 2018, was recently completed and was endorsed by the Department of Transportation to NEDA in March.

According to the DOF, Boccoz had said that France is willing to provide financing support through a "highly concessional loan" for the planned urban cable car system.

The proposed $100-million Manila Urban Cable Car project plans to pilot a 4.5-kilometer alignment following the Marikina River profile.

The proposed line will connect the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT2) in Marikina City and the planned Metro Rail Transit Line 4 along Ortigas Avenue Extension in Pasig City. Here are the proposed stations:

  • LRT2 Santolan Station, Marikina City
  • Libis, Quezon City
  • Eastwood, Quezon City
  • Santolan, Pasig City
  • Manggahan Pasig City
  • Rosario, Pasig City

The planned cable car system would have a detachable gondola lift with enclosed 10-seater cabins. Based on the project briefer, there will be around 180 cabins.

End-to-end travel time is estimated to be around 16 minutes.

As early as 2016 when Tugade assumed office, he had already expressed interest in implementing a cable car system in Metro Manila to address its transportation woes.

He cited the experience in Bolivia, where the world's largest system of cable cars ferries passengers from the city of La Paz to neighboring El Alto through an 11-kilometer gondola system. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.

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