Cebu City to craft traffic masterplan

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A COMPREHENSIVE and realistic master plan that aims to improve the traffic situation of Cebu City may soon be crafted in July 2022.

Councilor James Cuenco, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, told SunStar Cebu Thursday, May 26, that the Cebu City Traffic Summit will most likely be scheduled at the start of Mayor Michael Rama's new term on July 1.

The traffic summit is one of Rama's "21 gun salute" projects to honor his predecessor, the late Mayor Edgardo Labella.

Cuenco said personnel of the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) are still doing some minor adjustments and they are still waiting for the new Cebu City Traffic Operations Management Board to convene.

Paul Gotiong, CCTO's deputy head for operations and spokesperson, said the adjustments with the personnel are "normal especially when there is a new administration."

Gotiong added that all personnel of the CCTO will be subjected to interviews and assessment within this week or next week.

Both Gotiong and Cuenco cited the importance of having a traffic summit to have a concrete traffic plan for the city.

"It is very important to convene a traffic summit in order to have a concrete traffic plan for the city, which I believe we do not have yet or (it is already) outdated," said Gotiong.

Meanwhile, Cuenco said the traffic summit will be inclusive and will include all stakeholders and neighboring cities within Metro Cebu.

The councilor added that they will also invite traffic-expert firms within the Southeast Asian region that has the expertise in "formulating a comprehensive and realistic traffic master plan for the metropolis."

Cuenco said the traffic summit will also include a discussion of the mass transport system such as the Bus Rapid Transit, monorail, and subway system. (IRT)

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