Monorail to Decrease Traffic Jam

Heavy traffic mess is caused by several reasons that add to traffic problems that Benguet’s capital town is experiencing. To lessen the problem, the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) was suggested by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to the local governments of La Trinidad and Baguio.

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The P1.2-billion AGT railway will cut down to 15 minutes the almost hour-long travel from Baguio’s Magsaysay Avenue or Bokawkan Road through the only road leading to the La Trinidad town center during rush hour, said Julius Sicat, DOST Cordillera director.
Elevated trains, powered by electricity will cover the construction of the 5.2-kilometer railing system that can transport 720 passengers in six coaches from the Slaughterhouse Compound along Magsaysay Avenue in Baguio City to the Benguet Capitol in La Trinidad.
PO3 Jacob Eisenhower of LTMTF said that the major cause of heavy traffic is the increased number of vehicles. Furthermore, these are the undisciplined and irresponsible behaviors of drivers like disobeying ordinances or traffic rules being implemented.
Moreover, he added that jeepney drivers simply stop wherever they want to stop and they do it even if they are in the middle of the road to load and unload passengers and this creates a clogging of the vehicular traffic.
This was opposed by Samsun Carinio, a jeepney driver of La Trinidad, sometimes passengers also do not know where the loading and unloading zones are. Moreover, private cars do not know how to park their cars that can blocked the vehicles passing the street.

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According to, a private car owner, one reason that causes traffic is that bloated numbers of public utility vehicles traverse the narrow and limited road system in the municipality. There should be enough space because vehicle users are increasing.
Sicat said that highly-modernized yet environment-friendly monorail will surely help ease traffic from the Slaughterhouse in Magsaysay to the Benguet Capitol thus more tourists may be expected for the reason that traffic will not be one of the barriers why tourist don’t visit La Trinidad.
This was agreed by Angelica Liangco, a commuter, traffic is wasting our time most especially during rush hour and monorail can be the solution. In addition, it do not cause pollution that can worsen the air-quality in La Trinidad. We should be positive enough to possible solutions.
Furthermore, Sicat said that a mass transport system will not only ease traffic but will also boost tourism and economic activity. It can reduce travel time from the current average of 30 minutes to just 15 minutes and lesser air pollution levels.

By: Angela Nilva

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