Tokyo Metro Company Limited, operator of 9 subway lines in Japan's busy capital, offered unsolicited advice to the Philippines for its horrendous traffic situation: revive the Metro Manila subway system project and improve the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3).
When asked about his commute in Metro Manila, Atsushi Kamimura, Tokyo Metro's manager for demand generation and marketing, replied that with the current traffic situation, it is high time for the Philippines to push through with its P374.5-billion ($8.08-billion) project to build a subway connecting the cities of Makati, Pasay, and Taguig.
"The subway has many passengers, so that would mean fewer cars driving. With the subway, I expect no more traffic," Kamimura said on the sidelines of a press conference in Pasay City last week.
The Mass Transit System Loop or Light Rail Transit Line 5 would have been the most expensive public-private partnership (PPP) deal implemented under former president Benigno Aquino III's administration.
But it was removed from the PPP pipeline because of scheduling constraints, with officials saying that talks on the subway's final alignment were "eating up much time."