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Transportation master plan to overhaul Makati routes

Posted on February 03, 2011

THE MAKATI CITY government is drafting a transportation master plan that will overhaul commuter routes in the area to address traffic and pollution, an official yesterday said.

The plan will make way for the $10-million Bus Rapit Transit (BRT) system of the private sector and expanded operations of the electric jeepney, said Ernesto L. Camarillo, city transportation and traffic management consultant.

This dovetails with Ayala Land, Inc.’s earlier announced redevelopment of the Makati central business district to include more commercial areas and pedestrian pathways.

"The study has been ongoing for two years. There might be a re-routing but not a total displacement [of existing bus and jeepney operations]," Mr. Camarillo told reporters at the sidelines of a energy efficiency conference.

Ayala Land spokesman Alfonso D. Reyes confirmed in a text message that the firm, along with the Makati Commercial Estate Association (MACEA), was providing inputs to the city government.

A key component of the plan will be the BRT line that is scheduled to be operational by end-2012, Mr. Camarillo said, referring to the build-operate-transfer project of Ayala Land and other MACEA members.

The bus line will involve two linked routes with an initial fleet of 12 according to data presented at the event.

One route will run 3.25 kilometers through five stations -- from the Ayala Metro Rail Transit station to the Philippine National Railway (PNR) station on Buendia Ave. -- mostly passing through Ayala Ave. This will be connected to a 1.20-km route traversing PNR and the Gil Puyat station of the Light Rail Transit Line 1.

There are also plans to add a third electric jeepney route to the operations which currently run through Salcedo and Legaspi villages, this time serving the areas around Rockwell and city hall, Mr. Camarillo said.

New traffic signals and commuter terminals will also be detailed in the plan, he said.