COULD BAGUIO CITY SOON HAVE A CABLE CAR LINE?

Traffic jams in Baguio City get really bad especially during holidays and long weekends when tourists flock to the city. It's during these times when we wish the City of Pines had a cable car line like Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Could this dream be within reach? Over the wekend, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced that it has inked a memorandum of understanding with Zip Infrastructure Co. Ltd. to assess the feasibility of a self-driven cable car system in Camp John Hay, Baguio City.

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The MOU was signed by BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Joshua Bingcang and Zip Infrastructure CEO Takamasa Suchi, in the presence of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista and Zip Infrastructure Director and Head of Business Development Mario Ian Carlos Ferido Rebonquin.

In a news release, Bingcang said the Zippar cable car technology promises to provide a "seamless and efficient transport system within Camp John Hay, making it more accessible and enjoyable for residents and visitors alike." Of course, a scenic cable car ride would serve as an additional attraction to the well-known landmark and former military base.

Furthermore, by reducing the number of vehicles on the road, a cable car system could help lower carbon emissions and make the air cleaner in Baguio City.

According to BCDA, the Zippar technology features a "versatile" design that enables it to navigate curves and branches while being automated and controlled remotely from a central hub.

Japanese firm Zip Infrastructure, Inc. is focused on innovative, sustainable transportation solutions, including cable car systems, which are designed to alleviate congestion and offer alternative modes of transport in urban environments.

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