By Aldwin Quitasol
BAGUIO CITY – A US-based company has sent a proposal to Baguio City mayor Mauricio G. Domogan to conduct a study to determine the viability of operating a “high capacity solar-powered automated elevated pod networks” in the city.
The proposal was sent by American firm Transit X through Rufino Barinan, the chief executive officer of its local representative Ryanyx Construction and General Services.
Domogan, for his part, has ordered the Baguio City Legal Office to prepare a memorandum of agreement for the study, which will be at no cost to the city.
The study will include the identification of suitable areas for the transport system as well as the acquisition of right-of-way easements and air rights. It would also cover the economic and environmental impact assessment of the project on the livelihood of the city’s public transport sector.
Transit X’s flying solar pods system is described as “a suspended, ultra-narrow gauge rail network with ultralight pod vehicles and a 100-percent automated network that is high capacity and provides a non-stop single-set travel from origin to destination.”
Domogan welcomed the proposal which he said could offer a solution to the city’s traffic and air pollution problems. He recalled receiving a similar cable car proposal many years back from a Swiss company to be incorporated in the development of Camp John Hay with the cable system running from Camp John Hay to Mt. Sto. Tomas to Poro Point in La Union. He said the plan fizzled out after the economic recession that hit many Asian countries then.