Filipino-Chinese-Canadian consortium to do feasibility study for Mandaue-Cebu City monorail system

CEBU CITY-- A consortium of Filipino-Chinese-Canadian transportation investors will conduct a feasibility study for the establishment of a monorail system from Mandaue City to Cebu City.

This was announced in a technical briefing and consultation meeting Friday at the Mandaue City Hall with Mandaue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna and Chief of Staff Mae Elaine Bathan.

The Philtram Transportation Consortium Inc. has agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city government to conduct a study that will run from four to six months.

The feasibility study will be conducted by international consulting and engineering firm Systra to determine the economic feasibility of the proposed monorail project, point out the possible routes with the highest passenger traffic in the city and finalize the entire cost of the project.

Philtram founder and chief operating officer Jose Guardo Jr. said they will engage into a joint venture with international railway firms China Railway Engineering Consulting (CREC) Group and Bombardier to design an elevated monorail transit system that has the capacity to transport over 48,000 passengers in an hour per direction through a 100-meter long train.

This is Philtram's first foray into the Philippine transportation system.

Guardo said the monorail trains would have an interval of 90 seconds, which the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) in Manila cannot do.

Guardo said the distance of each train station would be about 500 meters to a kilometer.

Philtram plans to build 13 stations from Mandaue to Cebu City with the foot of Marcelo Fernan Bridge as the terminal hub.

Each train can run in a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour for a straight line and has a turning radius of 46 meters.

The monorail system will be elevated five to ten meters above the road to ensure that its operations will not be hampered by traffic.

Guardo said the monorail project, including the depot, train and infrastructure, costs around USD40 million or approximately Php 2 billion per kilometer which is significantly cheaper and faster to build as compared to the MRT and Light Railway Transit (LRT). (PNA)

Source: Philippines information agency