Will the Philippines see a huge train network system in the near future.
An executive from the private sector has called upon the administration to integrate the plans and proposals in developing the train network in the country.
In an article in the BusinessMirror, MRail Inc president Ferdinand Inacay recommended a meeting between the government and private sector to draw out the specific things towards the development of a comprehensive roadmap on rail.
“We need to have a rail master plan for the Philippines, wherein we will put in the policy of what we want to do,” said the executive.
“We have to put down the rail objective, then, with all of the studies that are around, develop the railway master plan that would correspond to the need of the city.”
Although the Philippines pioneered in introducing mass system in the Asean region, Inacay lamented the fact that country is now a laggard in rail development. The Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 was the first overhead mass-transit system in the region built more than three decades ago.
The country has a lot of catching up as it only has 79 kilometers of rails today.
In response to the problem, the Duterte administration plans to boost the rail network by 37.64 kilometers to 117.64 kilometers by adding a new line, and the extension of two existing ones.