By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City government plans to purchase more electric tricycles that will be deployed in the city’s areas with insufficient transportation system.
General Elmo San Diego, chief of the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), said the move was made following the study made by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that revealed the success of the e-trike pilot program in the city.
He noted the city government was currently identifying more places that need additional units of e-trike in the future saying that this will include areas not covered by the routes of traditional tricycles.
In the past two years, the city government had conducted test runs of the e-trikes in two route areas: Maginhawa Loop and the Scout area in South Triangle.
In the Maginhawa Loop, only five units were used, which run from April to June 2017 and from July to September 2017 or a total of four months.
On the other hand, in the Scout area, about 15 e-trike units were deployed and ran for three months, from September 24 to December 22, 2018.
San Diego said the results of the JICA study also showed that e-trikes received high customer satisfaction as many commuters enjoyed the comfortable ride and the affordable fare of the e-trikes.
Each e-trike unit can accommodate a maximum of eight passengers and the fare cost P 8 to P 10.
The study also identified possible areas where e-trike operation may be introduced.
San Diego said these include the highly populated area around the city hall, section along the MRT-3, Cubao district and the highly-populated locations in the northern part of the city.