Earlier this year, the Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange (Taguig ITX), a government initiated project by the Department Of Transportation (DOTR), held its groundbreaking ceremony. Expected to be completed in 2020, this massive project is adjacent to ARCA South, and is being built with the objective of improving the quality of commuting in the city. Indeed, the Taguig ITX project is looking to be quite a promising project for the Philippines, a country in which public transportation systems are a crucial, indispensable part of everyday life.
While there are certain advantages to owning and driving your own vehicle, public transportation systems present numerous and undeniable advantages to both commuters and to the community as a whole. Here is a list of reasons why buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation remain an integral fixture in Philippine society — and why it is wise not just to use them, but to invest in them as well.
Did you know that buses actually emit significantly less air pollution per passenger mile than your average single-driver private vehicle? With more people taking buses and electric trains, the daily harmful emissions from privately-owned vehicles will be greatly reduced. This also helps us conserve fuel. Studies have shown that public transportation systems are more fuel-efficient per passenger mile than private vehicles; in the United States, public transportation is said to save Americans 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
As any regular commuter would agree with, riding buses and trains involves plenty of walking. This comes with the rather beneficial side effect of increasing the amount of physical activity that the average commuter does, particularly when compared to a vehicle owner who drives instead of availing public transportation. Additionally, though it may sound hard to believe at first, public transportation can also reduce stress levels by providing easier access to health and recreational services, or by making travel easier in general. Consider the aforementioned ITX project by ARCA South, for example, which will make it easier for people across the Philippines to enjoy the sights, sounds, and experiences in different parts of the country, no matter where they’re coming from. Beats having to drive for hours all by yourself just to go from one place to another, doesn’t it?
Ask any economist, and they’d tell you that public transportation systems also play a key role in improving the economy. The creation of additional jobs and the increased value of residential properties near such systems contribute to the financial betterment of cities and communities. From a smaller, more personal perspective, it’s also more cost-efficient to avail public transportation instead of driving your own vehicle. Just think of how much you can save on gas, parking, and vehicle maintenance. In other words, when you invest in public transportation, it’s not just you who reaps the benefits — it’s everyone.
Can you imagine driving your own vehicle and being stuck with hundreds of other angry drivers for hours along a busy road on a weekday evening? Sounds like the typical horror story of an exhausted worker, doesn’t it? Now, consider how public transportation gets more people from one point to another at a time. On top of that, instead of allocating time towards driving and keeping your eyes glued to the road, you can use it for educational or leisurely activities while you commute: read a book, listen to music, or even just chat with your friends. Lastly, can you imagine trying to hit multiple locations across the metro in a single day? Bringing your own car will undoubtedly become a nightmare in record time, as you’ll have to deal with gas expenses, traffic, finding parking space, and the other usual problems that bedevil private drivers. By taking public transportation instead, you can eliminate those problems from your daily trips in one fell swoop.
Research has shown that well-maintained public transportation systems are generally safer for passengers than personal vehicles. Aside from the fact that public transportation systems are supposed to undergo regular maintenance and tune-up sessions — things that the average private vehicle owner may not have time to do regularly due to their busy schedule — bus and train operators also undergo driving training and other essentials, helping to reduce the number of accidents that involve those forms of transportation.
When it becomes operational, the ITX is expected to take around 4,000 provincial buses off of EDSA, helping to ease the traffic situation while simultaneously providing commuters with a more convenient option to travel to and from South Luzon, Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao. The ITX will be built within the confines of the FTI compound, and its design, financing and construction will be spearheaded by ARCA South.
A new and improved public transportation system within close proximity is but one of the many reasons why ARCA South is certainly worth watching out for. Contact us to learn more about how you can become an early part of this monumental development effort.