Q:try it. youll love it there. your ideas will be more interesting in a forum. and of course manila is your forte
I don’t know, I’m generally content with my little world here. Thanks for your suggestion, and might think about it in the future.
Q:hey do you have a skyscrapercity account? whats your name?
I don’t have a skyscrapercity account. Niki.
An alternative to freight trucks: freight trains
The City of Manila passed an ordinance banning trucks in the streets of the city in certain days of the week. With just a week of implementation, we have seen decongested streets in the city, and lots of cargoes on hold in the Port of Manila. There have been calls to the solving this by having some of the volume of the cargoes go directly to the ports of Batangas and Subic Freeport. Another is to revive the Freight Service of Philippine National Railways. Freight trains look like this.
But we are still studying if reviving the long distance commuter trains and freight trains by now. During the Spanish and American times, with primitive building methods, our railways extended to San Fernando in La Union, San Jose in Nueva Ecija, the lakeshore towns of Laguna, Bicol Cavite and Batangas. There were ambitious plans during the 50s and early 60s to extend the routes up to the ends of Luzon in Cagayan province and Sorsogon. These plans were scrapped by Ferdinand Marcos in favor of the Maharlika Highway (AH 26) system of national roads. If Marcos instead continued the construction and eventual expansion of the railway system, we don’t know how far it might have been extended now. These set of maps expose the extent of our railway system during PNR’s glory days.
The extent of the railroads in the island of Luzon.
Close-up of the branch lines in the Manila Area and surrounding provinces. There were lines going to Antipolo and San Mateo in Rizal Provinces and to Cavite City. These were abandoned because of low ridership.
If I’m not mistaken there is a place in Calamba called junction. Here’s the reason, there are three branch of the railroads from Calamba, one going to Batangas, one going to Bicol and another going to the lakeshore towns of Laguna. Actually the terminus of the railroad in Batangas is near the port area.
There is actually a proposal by DOTC to revive the railroads under the PPP scheme. Once the Feasibility Study is completed and if the revival of the national railway is economical, the DOTC can invite bidders already. But what do we know, it’s DOTC (running jokes here).
The truck ban, along with the “carmaggedon” from the different construction projects here, should make us realize that buses and cargo trucks will never replace the trains for efficient land transportation. Of course the PNR should enjoin the public to ride the trains while the infra projects at the highways are being built, but then again the most sustainable way to transport people and goods is through trains, so the PNR should improve its services so that even with the skyway and other projects done, people will consider to travel through trains even if there are more expressways in Metro Manila to choose from.
Railway Branches from here! visit them!
Intersection Design - Grade Separation Design (Underpass)
You can see these in the important intersections in Metro Manila where both roads are of major significance and both handles heavy traffic. Separating 4 lanes in one road by either putting it under and over the ground effectively separating through traffic from the conflicted areas at the ground level. The flyovers do the same effect on the traffic.
Examples that I could pinpoint are the Quezon Avenue - Araneta Avenue underpass and the Quezon Avenue - EDSA underpass, among others.
Compared to the flyovers, constructing these takes more time and money because in addition to the digging of the underpass is that you have to add a drainage pumping station especially if the place is flood prone.
I wouldn’t mind if the government demolishes the current Palacio del Gobernador in favor of a more appropriate edifice. Plans for the post-1863 earthquake Palacio del Gobernador still exists though unbuilt at all.
With the completion of Ayuntamiento de Manila, this will be the first time since the 1863 earthquake that the three major edifices of Intramuros will be complete. That’s 150 years. Yep, the Ayuntamiento Building is my favorite among all Old Manila buildings.
I can’t wait to explore the interiors of the said building when it formally opens.
9 Things Filipinos Should Do In Their Twenties (According To My Relatives And Neighbors) – mary’s blog
Thought Catalog is wrong. Your 20s aren’t for “finding yourself” and “trying new things”. It’s not for backpacking across Europe, surviving massive hangovers, or dancing with strangers. Not if my neighbors and relatives have anything to say about the matter. And boy, do they have A LOT to say about it.
Hate it or hate it, advices like from relatives are at the same time laughable and hateable, even if 90% of them are unsolicited. Do not listen to them and you’ll be called rude, disrespectful and snob.
Hot tip: Do the “Tagos sa kabilang tenga” treatment when they hand off such helpul words.
Last Tip for Twentysomethings: You’re an adult now, whether you want your life to be dictated by other people or your own free will, it’s actually mostly your own decision.
Because of the massive traffic congestion the multiple roadworks, MMDA proposed the revival of the Pasig River Ferry service. (Read here)
Here are the basic facts of the ferry service from Wikipedia. The ferry service was recently revived last 2007 but was cancelled 2011 because of operational losses and decreased ridership.
It will be given a second chance because of the multiple roadworks and massive traffic jams will be expected because of these. We are talking of more than 10 different road projects happening in Metro Manila in the span of 2014-2017. For a list of the different roadworks that will happen in the next three years, here is Rappler’s list.
But worth noting:
- Pasig River Ferry Service will highly benefit the areas near the Downtown Manila, Eastwood City, Bonifacio Global City, Cybergate Area and the Bonifacio Global City. I’m just taking note of these High Density Areas because these are the places that attract and generate a lot of traffic.
- Most North-South trips happen from Quezon City to Makati City via EDSA or C-5. Aside from MRT (which has an abhorrent service) what will be another alternative for these trips, without using MRT? QC - Makati trips comprise the majority of the EDSA Southbound traffic during rush hour.
- Freeing EDSA and other major roads from “green plates" on select days of the week will largely help us from this hell. It’s a plus that people that usually drive to work will have an idea on what degree Public Transport sucks here. The current objective of MMDA to have private vehicles still on the road while these roadworks are in progress is the problem itself. But we should make sure that the Bus Segregation Scheme in EDSA will be implemented to the letter, and yes that should make people see the good thing about the fixed loading and unloading stations in EDSA due to the bus segregation.
- 7 out of 10 Metro Manila residents use Public Transportation, yet the traffic schemes are for the convenience of the private motorists. Do the math and it should make sense.
"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it is where the rich use public transportation."
- Mayor of Bogota (I guess it’s Enrique Penalosa)
Aside from never leaving home for 2 years, what will be your adjustment to these roadworks?
MANILA - A feared traffic Armageddon may begin tomorrow with the start of the construction of a major infrastructure project in Metro Manila.