DOTr proposes 67.5km Cebu subway

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DOTr proposes 67.5km Cebu subway
The 67.5-km Metro Cebu Urban Mass Rapid Transit will connect Carcar City in southern Cebu to Danao City in the north. Image from Sugbo News.
  • The Department of Transportation proposed to the Cebu provincial government a 67.5-km subway connecting Carcar City in southern Cebu to Danao City in the north
  • The Metro Cebu Urban Mass Rapid Transit or UMRT project aims to alleviate transportation challenges, ease traffic congestion, and reduce travel time
  • Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia suggested to DOTr to involve local government units in project management, emphasizing a departure from conventional timelines that often span decades

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) proposed to the Cebu provincial government a 67.5-km subway connecting Carcar City in southern Cebu to Danao City in the north.

Known as the Metro Cebu Urban Mass Rapid Transit (UMRT), the project aims to alleviate transportation challenges, ease traffic congestion, and reduce travel time.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia urged the DOTr to involve local government units in project management, emphasizing a departure from conventional timelines that “would take decades from proposal” during a meeting with transport officials on February 29.

Garcia suggested breaking away from “the same old pattern” to expedite progress, asking Transport undersecretary for planning and project development Timothy John Batan to allow Cebu LGUs to handle the project while DOTr will maintain its supervisory control.

The proposed project is open to private-sector participation through a public-private partnership model, facilitated by the Provincial Government’s Economic Enterprise Council or EEC, adhering to legal regulations.

In an interview with Cebu media, Batan said the possibility of local government financing without relying on national government funds could be a groundbreaking initiative.

In a similar development, Cebu City councilor Rey Gealon introduced a resolution in January proposing a subway project spanning Barangay Bulacao in the south to Talamban in the north.

The initiative revives the historical presence of the Philippine Railway Company, which operated a railway system in Cebu between 1907 and World War II, connecting Argao in the south to Danao in the north.