Transportation

Situational Analysis

 

Sectoral Analysis Workshop

In the situational analysis gleaned from the Sectoral Analysis Workshop Output conducted as part of the Sectoral Situational Analysis and Planning activity for the Updating of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) for 2012-2022, conducted last September 18, 2012, the observations of issues and concerns related to the transportation sector were identified, along with their implications or effects. Possible interventions were also identified, in the same forum.

 

Table 7-5: Summary of Observations, Implications and Possible Interventions

The summary of the same forum noted that:

For the Transportation sector, issues include the Lack of Traffic Masterplan which is also Indicated in the CLUP 2000-2015 but was not pursued, Minimal Use of Bicycles which is Environment Friendly and Good for the Health, Lack of a dedicated public transport system linking the east (old city area) to the west part of the city (west) NUVALI area which is Costly and inconvenient to the commuting public, Lack of ferries traveling from one LGU to another using the Laguna de Bay route which may lessen the load of commuters using public roads, No Motorpool / Impounding Area which means Impounded vehicles are just parked in front of the PNP stations, Lack of traffic signs which limits people's traffic rules awareness and Lack of pedestrian overpass in heavy traffic and accident prone areas which put Pedestrian at high-risk to motor accidents.

In addition, other positive observetions surfaced like Improved Capability and safety of CTMEO staff and the CTMEO Starting Partnership with Toyota Automotive Philippines and the Rotary Club in local traffic education.

Solutions presented were Conduct strategic Traffic Impact assessment, Promote the three E's of traffic management, Participatory plan formulation, Provision of Bicycle lanes, Bicycle specific route, etc. aside from sidewalk, construction of a local railroad system connecting the old city to the more developed part of the city or a new route of public vehicles from east to south, Accreditation of Ferries - promotion of water transport as a means of traveling, Trainings, capacity building, hiring of additional staff if needed, additional equipment, Traffic safety park, inclusion of traffic safety education in school children's curriculum, construction of motorpool, strengthen partnership with the civil society and Provision of pedestrian overpass in accident prone areas.

While these observations may be considered valid descriptions of the situation at that time, the manner of analysis emphasizes the non-implementation of specific "solutions", which appear to remain largely unimplemented. At the same time, the above observations do not address the cause of the increase in traffic volumes, which are rooted in the shift in land-use types to greater density and greater traffic generation. It is important to consider that capacity in the road network, or the transportation at large, has not kept pace with the increase in traffic. While the shorter-term goal should be the alleviation of congestion thru the increase in capacity of the transportation system, it is necessary to increase awareness among the decision-makers and the general public that this will not be sustainable if reliance on private motor vehicles is encouraged. Instead, the thrust in the increase of capacity of the transportation system should emphasize public transport and forms of private mobility that take up less road space (such as bicycles or walking), but this will still have to be supported by a general increase in road network capacity.

 

CLUP 2000 to 2015 

For the "ROADS AND TRANSPORT" sector, the major thrust was set as the development of additional road links that will provide the needed transport infrastructure support in realizing the vision for the municipality. In view of the planned industrialization, wider roads and better traffic management schemes will have to be put in place.

The corresponding GOAL was, to ensure that the mobility of people and goods is facilitated through the provision of an efficient transportation network.

Achieved through the objectives:

1. To strengthen the link of the municipality with other areas; and
2. To increase accessibility within the municipality

Targets were set as:

1. Implementation of proposed national road and regional projects within the planning period.

2. Strengthening of the existing road network.

Development Strategies that were identified:

Endorsement and support to the implementation of the MCX project - The rehabilitation and improvement of the PNR commuter services will markedly enhance public transport services in the municipality. This will reduce the need for more road linkages, with the rail providing an efficient and reliable means of public transportation. The improved mobility of people and goods will also prop the economy. Support for this transport project shall be reflected in the LGU aid in the relocation of squatters. Consideration of related developments at the stations will also further promote the rai/way's viability in a synergistic system. The LGU endorsement shall be forwarded to the DOTC along with the overall development plans for the municipality.

Provision of additional road links In view of the plan to convert the portion of the municipality on the western side of the SLEX to an urban growth area, major road links should be constructed.

These road sections should be of sufficient width to accommodate the movements of large vehicles. Additional road links should also be provided on the eastern side in order to supplement the existing network.

A connection to Cabuyao through the construction of a secondary road is also recommended as an additional inter-municipality link.

In the same CLUP, the following table showed the estimated costs and proposed timelines for each (Table 7.6) Considering the rapid urbanization rate of Santa rosa City that would entail the influx of more migrants and economic activities, it can be surmised that more roads need to be constructed, widened and improved within the ten-year planning period. Figures 7.3 and 7.4 show the current network of major roads and locations of bridges on which new transport projects will be proposed udirng the next planning cycle.

 

Table 7-6: Estimated Costs and Proposed Timelines for Transport Development Projects

 

 

 

Potentials

There are some areas which are yet to be developed and the city may have a chance to shape additions to the road network, if appropriate controls or incentives are put in place to encourage the provision of the necessary right-ot­way for such roads.

There are some areas which are yet to be developed and the city may have a chance to shape additions to the road network, if appropriate controls or incentives are put in place to encourage the provision of the necessary right-ot­way for such roads.

Constraints

Actual influence at feasible incentives and/or controls may still not be enough to encourage the provision (or even for land owners to allow the acquisition of some sections) of land for new road right-of-way.

Recommended Projects and Programs

These would still be subject to the complete evaluation of the projects and programs that were identified in the previous CLUP.

 

 

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