Cable car mass transport eyed in Davao City

Christine C. Cudis - Philstar.com
DAVAO CITY — A Cebu-based company is set to conduct a study on the viability of a cable car system in Davao City, which the company plans to propose to address traffic congestion.
Jerome Ornopia, president and CEO of Cebu City's R3 Industrial Solutions Enterprises, Inc., told reporters in an interview Monday that they are introducing the aerial ropeway project to the City Council of Davao.
Ornopia has already finished the project's feasibility study for Cebu and is here in Davao to undertake another, hoping to implement the project here as well.
Doppelmayr's Transport Firm, the company's foreign partner, had already constructed one in Singapore but it was mainly used for tourism.
"Ours is a public transportation and should it be implemented in the Philippines, it will be the first in Asia," Ornopia said.
Ornopia said the project in Cebu, which stretches from Lapu-Lapu City to Cebu City (passes through Mandaue City), could carry about 6,000 passengers an hour with each cable car carrying a maximum of 10.
He added that the total investment cost of the project in Cebu is estimated to be at P7 billion. If it will be approved this year, they will start the construction next year and it will take them between 16 to 18 months to finish.
The aerial ropeway project's installation will be much less expensive than the MRT, LRT or BRT as it will be propelled by a motor that will power all gondolas.
Davao City Councilor Bernard Al-ag expressed interest in the project, saying it could solve the city's medium to heavy traffic flow and become a tourist attraction.
As for the likelihood of the project's approval, Al-ag said, "We will wait for the final outcome and recommendations for the cable car system."

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