A Pasig River Expressway is nice, but let’s face it: Most of those who stand to benefit from this elevated megastructure are car owners, not everyday commuters or active transport users.
If we really want traffic to be addressed, the government is going to have to come up with more inclusive solutions than building one road after another. Perhaps beefing up Pasig River’s ferry system to complement the upcoming expressway would be a good idea?
We’re bringing this up because we recently stumbled upon some stunning new ferry concepts online by the Kiel University Clean Autonomous Public Transport Network—that’s CAPTN, for short. Not only are these vessels stunning to look at, but they’re also autonomous and run on electricity as well. Watch:
The concepts were developed by students from the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design with these goals in mind: To secure the transport future of the Kiel Fjord in Germany, to address the city’s growing urban mobility needs, and to “make it easier to avoid the car.”
Those goals sound like they would apply to Metro Manila as well, don’t you think? That last bit is especially important when you take into account the rate at which Filipinos have been buying cars lately.
Remember: Mobility is about movement, not cars. Would you like to see modernized ferries plying the Pasig River in the near future, too?