Traffic congestion hurting Zambo City’s economy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 December 2012 14:33

Lack of foresight and clear understanding of the City’s economic dynamics by city planners and policy makers in planning the city’s present and future, taking into account the increase in population, income levels and standard of living of its residents, aggravated by inadequate infrastructure investment for new roads are just some of the factors contributory to the worsening traffic congestion in the city, according Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Pocholo Soliven.

Soliven issued the statement in reaction to the proposed plan to implementinga number coding scheme for private vehicle owners to adhere as a reactive “band aid” solution to address the traffic congestion of the city.

Soliven said a holistic and integrated approach that goes beyond visible palliative measures, he said that an efficient and convenient public transport system must also be part of the solution,

He aslo called for a benefit cost assessment for prudent assessment to a major expenditure like the expansion of the the narrow road in Baliwasan leading to the city’s industrial zone in the west coast, that causes massive traffic jams during peak hours.

Soliven said the impact of traffic congestion in the economy is measurable in terms of slower speed, increased travel time impacts on the economy, as well as the quality of life of its residents.

The success or failure of our city in addressing the traffic congestion will ultimately depend on how well they organize themselves to carry out the task to provide and implement effective congestion management policies, Soliven said. — Albert Francisco III