Multi-modal Smart Mass Transport System is under transportation sector of the “Integrated Sustainability Plan for New Clark City (NCC), Philippines,” a Global Future Cities Programme jointly prepared by BCDA (Bases Conversion and Development Authority), UN-Habitat and Foreign and Commonwealth Office dated November 2018. The Philippine government has identified NCC as one of its major growth centers. In the master-plan, population is expected to reach 1.2 million and produce 800,000 jobs.
The pilot testing for 10 BRT buses has started with the dry run on 28 November 2019 and actual operations will be on 1 December 2019, while the autonomous vehicle and e-scooter are available from 30 November to 11 December 2019 during the 30th Southeast Asian Games where NCC is hosting the swimming, diving and various track and field competitions. BRT is branded as “Clark Loop” and will run from various points in NCC and Clark where the following districts: Clark Freeport Zone, Clark International Airport and Clark Global City are located. Clark covers a total land area of 32,000 hectares of development including NCC which are all under BCDA’s jurisdiction. There are 10 Clark Loop buses operating daily for six months ( December 2019 to June 2020) offering free transportation to the public While there is no detailed “phasing” for this project, pending any feasibility study, BCDA hopes to receive proposals from private companies, and initiate the move to conduct a detailed smart transportation plan in NCC using all the data gathered during the pilot testing.
Concept Stage: Specific projects are identified and conceptualized. There exists a basic economic model.
Out of 278 cities in developing Asia, the Philippines’ capital city, Metro Manila (MM), has been ranked as the “most congested city” according to a 2019 Asian Development Bank (ADB) study. In 2014, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has warned that the cost of traffic in MM would amount to P5.4B daily. Among those challenges mentioned by ADB in a similar study in 2012 pointed to poor quality of road network, poor inter-modal integration, weak sectoral governance and institutional capacity, lack of quality urban transport system and limited private investment in transport structure. The staggering numbers from seven years ago and until today tell of a crisis that has prompted Filipino legislators to claim that only a superhero or even granting an emergency power for the President of the Philippines can solve the Philippines’ mobility crisis. Without fundamental reforms, however, public transport cannot be leveraged to address the crisis. With coherent public transport policy and deregulated private investment opportunities as a twin-powered engine that can and should improve mobility, BCDA aims to pioneer an integrated Multi-modal Smart Mass Transport System in New Clark City. Initial part of this will be the pilot testing of BRT, Ridee and Driverless vehicle beginning November 2019. Long-Term Plan: To ensure sustainability, efficiency and long-term impact, BCDA intends to provide strong technical support and institutional capacity development on management processes across sectors.
There are 12 million Filipinos in the surrounding areas of Clark covering its four key districts including New Clark City, Clark Freeport Zone, Clark Global City and Clark International Airport In New Clark City, the direct beneficiaries would be the expected 1.2M residents and 800,000 workers mostly government workers who will be transferred from Metro Manila (Philippine Capital).
SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
NCC has just completed its Phase1A of development and its success is largely hinge on government agencies budget and initiatives including a number of commitments from the private sectors.
For transportation, there is a need for the following:
• Institutional settings for transport and mobility issues and solutions.
• Set up an integrated mass transportation system.
• Create conducive opportunities for investment on smart cars and traffic management systems such as real-time monitoring and ticketing.
The Philippine government is currently investing USD180B on its “Build, Build, Build” project which aims to build up the infrastructure backbone of the economy with more than 175 high-impact projects spread all over 7,107 islands.
With all the connectivity happening below via its first subway train (in 2022), above the ground with road and railroad network expansions including seaports, and high above with 64 airports completed as of October 2019 and with 133 airports that are undergoing a mixed of rehabilitation and new construction, there is a greater task at hand to begin the integration and understanding of smart network management, operations and systems to avoid costly missteps and displaced populations.
BCDA is confident that the proposed smart and integrated mass transportation system in NCC has all the potential to be the casebook for the Philippines impending journey to smartness.
Public Private Partnership
BRT is a joint initiative of BCDA and its subsidiary CDC (Clark Development Corporation) are managing its implementation with an estimate budget of PHP116 Million or USD6,209,712 Million. BCDA and CDC are Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC).
US$3.5 million plus 25 hectares (land assets)
Yes. National level.
The government will provide institutional support.
BCDA President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon
BCDA Vice President for Investment Promotions and Marketing Department Atty. Joanne Capones
Genefer B. Tan, Senior Marketing Officer
BRT is under pilot testing period.
Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending
Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform, which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)
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