Warning: Wild traffic could make Manila uninhabitable in four years

Traffic IS fatal.


(SPOT.ph) If we ranked the Top 10 Words Humans of Manila Use, the word “traffic” would probably claim the No. 1 spot. We experience it every day, talk about it, post about it, rant about it. If Manila’s current traffic chaos goes on for, say, four more years, we should all probably relocate—which is a nightmare because we love this city!


John Forbes, senior advisor at the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, said recently that by 2020, the city of Manila may become uninhabitable if the current traffic chaos is not resolved and roads aren’t upgraded, stat! "Metro Manila is at risk of becoming uninhabitable as annual new car growth increases to 500,000 by 2020," he said. "While roads are being improved throughout the country, the National Capital Region urgently needs more limited access roads, especially skyways, and rail." According to Forbes, the new airport terminal in Clark should be finished by 2018, with a non-stop fast train connecting service similar to that in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Tokyo to help ease traffic congestion.


The Philippines is seen as an important automotive market growth area in Southeast Asia as the volume of vehicles sold is expected to surge. Philstar.com, citing statistics from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc., reported that vehicle sales in the country are expected to reach 350,000 units this year, on its way to 500,000 units by 2020.


In January 2015, the Philippines placed fourth among Asian countries and ninth in the world with the worst traffic conditions according to a report by Numbeo. In September, however, our country ranked third in Asia and fifth in the world in Numbeo's mid-year report. It got worse—by October, Metro Manila was reported to have the worst traffic on Earth on a city level by Waze.



Former MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said in August 2015 that Manila's traffic problems are expected to linger until 2030 because of several infrastructure projects and the amount of vehicles around the Metro. According to the MMDA, the city ideally needs 8,000 kilometers of roads; it currently has 5,000.

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