Russian transport companies want to build light metro rail for Baguio and La Trinidad

Are Baguio City and La Trinidad going to have their first metro rail?

According to a report from WowCordillera, Russia said in 2017 that it was eyeing transportation and energy deals with the Philippines and that there are Russian companies wo wanted to invest in transportation projects in Baguio and La Trinidad

The bilateral relationship between the Philippines and Russia is positive and constructive. Russians would like to do trade with the Philippines. There are Russian companies wanting to invest in transportation, including a subway, and he even made particular mention on the interest to build a light metro rail for Baguio and La Trinidad.


The said project is an alternative mode of public transportation to ease traffic and address pollution problem in Baguio City and La Trinidad, and also boost tourism and economic activity that will surely benefit many residents.

It can be recalled that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines - National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS) with the partnership of The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) completed the feasibility study on the deployment of a locally made mass transportation system technology called Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system designed for Baguio City and La Trinidad. 

The project is capable of ferrying about 720 passengers in a 5.2 kilometer railway from Baguio to La Trinidad through the Balili River, according to the feasibility study conducted by DOST.

The estimated cost for the proposed AGT system is Php1.348 billion including six 120 seat coaches valued at Php66 million per coach, the cost of the elevated track valued at Php1.122 billion and four stations worth Php160 million.

The projected annual revenue if the AGT is fully operational would start at Php86.6 billion and would grow up to Php159 billion for a 10-year period. 

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