June 18, 2024

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Antipolo soon to have cable car service

By Jun Talusan

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Antipolo City local government are now conducting talks for cable car operations in the city.

Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro “Jun” Ynares III said they met with foreign consultants of the Department of Transportation for the putting up of cable car service in Antipolo.

He said they were briefed on the progress of the work, particularly the pre-feasibility study phase, of the proposed installation of cable cars.

The cable cars are expected to help ease not only traffic but the commuters who will need a ride going up and down Antipolo City.

Ynares said the cable cars will bring commuters from the city of Antipolo to several business districts and transportation hubs.

“We left the briefing with a feeling that the project is still far on the horizon, but is closer more than ever to reality,” he said.

Going up and down the city is becoming a challenge for residents, as while Antipolo continued to develop economically, with more investments and people doing business there, traffic also started to emerge.

The Antipolo mayor thought of all options to help the Antipolenyos and those visiting or doing business in the city to have an easy access going up and down, thus the concept of cable cars was planned.

 “The consultants showed us what the cable cars would look like and they do resemble the cable cars of Hong Kong’s Ocean Park or the one that brings tourists from the island’s Tung Chung train station to Lantau Island,” Ynares said.

“They resemble mini-versions of our newer LRT trains,” he added.

 It will be the first ever in the Philippines, and will certainly be a tourist attraction that will also help further boost the bustling economy of Antipolo City.

The meeting involved consultants to which the pre-feasibility phase funding of US$261,000 will be made available by the Asian Development Bank.

Among the possible areas for the cable car include  the compound of the Rizal Provincial Capitol and the Antipolo City campus of the University of Rizal System.

Ynares added the project will link the cable cars with the MRT and LRT.