Will This New Project Finally Ease Traffic in Manila?

This terminal is expected to reduce the number of container trucks on the road.

(SPOT.ph) Several projects and policies aimed to decongest Manila's streets have been proposed and implemented over the years, but still we find ourselves stuck in EDSA for hours on end until now. This year saw the completion of the first landport and a few highways and bridges aiming to open alternate routes for motorists, but the newly completed Cavite Gateway Terminal—the first terminal barge in the country—will be focusing instead on reducing the number of trucks in Manila's streets. 

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According to the Department of Transportation, the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT) in Tanza, Cavite will be transporting cargo around Luzon's port facilities through Roll-on, Roll-off operations, reducing up to two kilometers of truck traffic in the Metro. This project of the Department of Transportation is done in partnership with the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and will be inaugurated on November 22

Multiple adjustments have been made to the Metro Manila Truck Ban since its inception in the 1970s, but with limited routes for cargo trucks to take, they continue to contribute to Manila's vehicular traffic. The completion of the CGT is expected to decongest road traffic more effectively by transporting cargo via water instead, reducing truck trips on city roads by 140,000 per year.

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