In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, the group who asked not to be named identified the cities of Mandaue, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay as feasible areas for monorail project based on the initial survey of a technical team from China.
The group of investors already met with local officials namely Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and
Mandaue Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing last December 22, 2016.
A representative of the group of investors said during the meeting that the monorail project in Metro Cebu is the long-term solution for the traffic in Mandaue, Cebu City and the whole Metro Cebu areas.
Metro Cebu areas includes the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, Naga and Danao. The municipalities includes Consolacion, Compostela, Liloan, Cordova, Minglanilla, San Fernando and Carcar.
The monorail project according to studies has several advantages compared to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). The group of investors said that they will enter a memorandum of understanding with the local government units (LGU) expressing that they will conduct a study for a possible monorail.
The group of investors will have a detailed engineering study for the monorail project in coordination with China Railway Engineering Consulting Group “to check the engineering challenges and to bring monorail to SRP (South Road Properties) from Mandaue United Nations Ave., particularly near with the second bridge via SRP viaduct which is facing the sea.
Based on initial plans of building the Cebu City Monorail Project, the terminal hub will be located at the foot of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, and 13 stations from Mandaue to Cebu City. The monorail can go to the Balamban-Talamban area.
One of the advantages of the monorail project is that the support column is only 1.22 meters diamter’s spaced apart every 20 to 36 meters. Because of this there will be minimal or no right of way requirement as the size of the support column is only the size of the average center island.
The monorail project can
run on a slim concrete beam, with turning radius of 46 meters, not like
MRT/LRT that has a turning radius of 200 to 300 meters.