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LGUs must create their own mass transit system, says a lawmaker

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Local government units (LGUs) can assist the national government by creating their own mass transit networks to help alleviate traffic issues that hinder economic growth in order to draw in more investors.

In order to interconnect and integrate the currently proposed national and local intermodal transportation networks, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 951, or the LGU Transportation, on Friday.

“Creating economic activity requires an effective transportation system. Our local governments should be given the authority to create their own public transit systems, Gatchalian said in a news release.

He said that the law is in line with UN SDG 11, which aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by providing access to safe, reasonably priced, and environmentally friendly transportation systems.

The city of Valenzuela, from which the Gatchalians are original, has partnered with Global Electric Transport Philippines to implement Community Optimized Managed Electric Transport (COMET) electric shuttles in Metro Manila.

The COMET units provide commuter transportation both inside and outside Valenzuela.

Through its Intra-City Subway project, which may run 18 hours a day and carry 700,000 passengers, Makati City is also working on a mass transportation initiative.

The subway project is aimed at producing 10,000 jobs for locals and is anticipated to lower the number of automobiles on the road by 270,000 by 2048, reducing Makati’s carbon dioxide emissions by 2.3 million metric tons.

According to Gatchalian, the bill enables local government units (LGUs) to develop modern, sustainable mass transit systems that support the idea of livable smart cities through a variety of financial arrangements involving both public and private parties. This is true even in the absence of a sovereign guarantee.

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