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18 Oct 2021

Philippines: Urban Passenger Rail

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Severe traffic congestion and environmental degradation characterize Metro Manila, particularly at the city center where high density development continues. Urban sprawl has spilled over onto surrounding provinces that are within daily commuting distance, with population in these areas now reaching 5 million. About 22.5 million motorized trips are made each day—70 percent of which are taken on public transportation. Urban rail services provide a more efficient alternative to road-based services, but Metro Manila’s mass/light rail transit (M/LRT) network needs to be expanded in reach and capacity to significantly increase daily passenger volumes. 


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