USTDA helping Philippines with Climate-Smart Transportation
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has announced a grant to the Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DOTr) for technical assistance to improve mobility and reduce traffic congestion in Metro Cebu.
USTDA’s assistance will develop a comprehensive plan to deploy an intelligent transportation system in the Philippines’ second largest metropolitan area.
“This project underscores USTDA’s commitment to supporting climate-smart transportation infrastructure solutions,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director. “Through this partnership with DOTr, we are supporting the adoption of state-of-the-art traffic control technologies that will improve mobility and reduce emissions on Metro Cebu’s roadways.”
USTDA’s grant will assist DOTr in evaluating smart mobility solutions through the development of a master plan for Metro Cebu’s 13 local government units. The project is expected to play a critical role in enhancing system-wide transportation infrastructure improvements in Metro Cebu, including a new bus rapid transit system that is currently under development.
“With this grant signing, we are finally getting closer to realizing our dream. Having an intelligent transport system means having a seamless movement of people and services,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade. “That’s why our initiative involves the harmonization of several projects in Metro Cebu, including a Bus Rapid Transit, express service going to the airport and eventually integrating it to rail line projects.”
Secretary Tugade added: “We have been pursuing the implementation of this Integrated Transportation System so that Cebuanos will be able to experience a comfortable and convenient life through enhanced connectivity and mobility in and around the city.”
U.S. businesses interested in submitting proposals for the USTDA-funded technical assistance can visit their website.