Feasibility study for Davao’s railed transit finished by 2015

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte tapped the Korean firm Korea Engineering and Construction (KEC) to do a feasibility study for a possible railed transit in Davao city.

“Right now, we have narrow roads that we can’t expand because we can’t buy the expensive lands [for road widening]; our only option is to have railways,” Duterte said after the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between KEC.

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“Can you imagine if you have many buses spewing more carbon emission that contributes to pollution,” the mayor said against a bus transit system for Davao.

The Korean firm has four possible types of railed transit and four routes for Davao City. One is a monorail transit and a 13 kilometer route going through Ateneo de Davao University in Roxas Street, Abreeza Mall in Davao, SM Mall Lanang, DIHO and the Davao International Airport in Buhangin.

The feasibility study will run from September 2014 to early 2015. Realization of the said railed transit for Davao city may take a decade.

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