Boasting of cool weather, pine trees and amazing mountain views, Baguio is one of the few cities visited by foreign and domestic tourists regardless of the season.
In recent years traffic has become a problem and it has forced the local government to institute a number-coding scheme to ease traffic flow.
A new proposal is on the table from re-elected Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and it is a feasibility study to put up an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system for the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) area. The AGT is a program that is being studied and developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to create more sustainable forms of transportation.
The study, already approved by the Cordillera Regional Development Council (CRDC), will be funded by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and will look into using an ‘electric, driverless, fully automated guide way transit system running on an elevated monorail and rubber tires’ in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
This early the AGT is already getting some nods after being certified by the DOST as an ‘environmentally-friendly and sustainable transport technology that could significantly reduce air pollution and traffic congestion between Baguio and La Trinidad and provide an integrated and efficient transport network between and among BLISTT municipalities’ and also tagged as a priority development project by NEDA.
Initial estimates put the cost of the 5.2-kilometer La Trinidad-to-the-city-limit section of the monorail at Php 4 billion while the 2.1-kilometer Baguio part from Slaughterhouse Compound to the Luneta Hill is estimated to cost about PHP3 billion.