Heads Up, Commuters: MMDA to Revamp Pasig River Ferry System

Well, it's one possible alternative to the congested roads.

(SPOT.ph) While EDSA may sometimes look like a river of vehicles lined up bumper to bumper—who are we kidding? We meant always—one actual river is yet to be used to its maximum potential. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is now focusing on rehabilitating the current ferry system along Pasig River, which will—fingers crossed—help decongest Metro Manila roads and train lines. 

"May plano ho ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na magtayo ng docking facility. Magkakaroon ho tayo ng rehabilitation sa ilang ferry stations," said MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago as quoted in a report by GMA News Online. "Kapag operational lahat ng passenger boats natin, 500 na pasahero ang nake-cater nito every day," she added. 

The current ferry system started in 2014, but the Pasig River has been a prime means of transport in the Metro since before colonial times even began. Only 11 out of 14 ferry stations are currently operational, with just two out of a total fleet of nine boats operating daily. If fully rehabilitated, the boats could ferry passengers along Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Manila, according to Senator Sonny Angara.

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"Transport crisis or not, the fact that thousands of commuters are having an extremely difficult time getting to their destinations should already prompt immediate action from the entire government," said Angara, in a report by Inquirer.net

Main image from Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons.

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