BAGUIO CITY -– Re-elected Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said the Cordillera Regional Development Council (CRDC) approved a resolution for a full blown feasibility study on the proposed Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system for the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) area.
In the proposal, the feasibility study will be funded by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Central Office.
The CRDC further stated that a full blown feasibility study is a necessity to undoubtedly project that the AGT system is a viable investment for potential investors.
Domogan said the full blown feasibility study will include the whole BLISTT area instead of just Baguio and La Trinidad.
Being the chairman of the BLISTT area committee, Domogan said he will call for a meeting of re-elected and elected local executives of the economic area.
The Traffic and Transport Planners, Inc. completed the pre-feasibility study of the AGT system in October 2015 which was funded by the DOST-CAR.
The “Study on the Feasibility of Deploying DOST-Developed Mass Transport Transportation Technologies in Baguio City and Benguet (La Trinidad)” looked into the possibility of deploying the AGT system technology that features an electric, driverless, fully automated guide way transit system running on an elevated monorail and rubber tires in both sites.
The DOST has certified that the AGT is an environmentally-friendly and sustainable transport technology that could significantly reduce air pollution and traffic congestion between Baguio and La Trinidad and provide an integrated and efficient transport network between and among BLISTT municipalities.
The AGT system project has been included as a priority development project under the revalidated Regional Development Investment Plan (RDIP) for the period 2014-2016, thus, it could quality for the feasibility study funding support from the NEDA central office.
The 5.2-kilometer La Trinidad-to-city-limit component of the monorail project has a total cost of PHP4 billion while the 2.1-kilometer Baguio section of the project from the Slaughterhouse Compound to the Luneta Hill is about PHP3 billion. PNA/northboundasia.com