The local government of Davao and Filipino-Chinese-Canadian Transport Investment Group (Philtram) are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding in February to develop a monorail project in the city.
Speaking at the regular Kapehan sa Dabaw press conference at SM Ecoland, Jose Guardo Jr., spokesperson of Philtram said the proposed 14-kilometer monorail project would be done by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.
Costing cheaper than its counterparts in Manila — the Metro Rail Transit and the Light Rail Transit — Guardo said the proposed monorail to be setup in Davao City will cost $40 million per kilometer, including the station structure, signal system and rolling stocks. He added that the proposed monorail system can accommodate up to 1,000 passengers at a time.
The proposed project will be implemented in four phases.
Station 1 – R. Castillo Street and J.P Laurel Avenue
Station 2 – SM Lanang
Station 3 – Southern Philippine Medical Center
Station 4 – Abreeza, Ayala Mall
Station 5 – Gaisano Mall of Davao
Central Station – Duterte Central Station (Roxas Avenue)
Station 2 – Quirino Avenue
Station 3 – NCCC Mall of Davao
Station 4 – General Douglas Mac Arthur Highway corner Quimpo Boulevard Diversion Road
Station 5 – SM Ecoland
Station 6 – Davao City Overland Transport Terminal
Station 7 – either at Land Transportation Office or Davao City Recreation Center
Station 1 – Matina intersection
Station 2 – Bangkal
Station 3 – Ulas
Station 4 – Proposed South Bus Terminal in Toril
Philtram has yet to finalize the fourth phase of the project but it will be put up in the northern area of the city up to the proposed Northern Bus Terminal Project in Panacan area.
Photo credit: SunStar Davao
Eduardo Geguerra, Philtram’s operation manager, said if the project will be approved, a six-month feasibility study shall be conducted immediately. This will be followed by a pre-engineering work of less than two years. After the pre-engineering, Geguerra said they would aim to finish the project for less than two years. Aside from the monotrain, Geguerra said they would also put up parking mall every station for the vehicles.