The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the of US$123 million loan, which will help the government construct the covered walkways along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
The EDSA Greenways Project will be linked to four mass transit stations along the avenue. The 5m-wide structures, which will be equipped with elevators and monitoring systems, are designed to be easily accessible for pedestrians.
“The EDSA Greenways Project is an integral part of the government’s transport strategy to make Metro Manila a better place to live, work and visit,” said ADB’s Southeast Asia transport and communications director, Hiroaki Yamaguchi. “This project is an important part of our contribution to helping make that vision a reality for Filipinos.”
“This project will encourage more Filipinos to switch from private vehicles to public transport, which is being strengthened with the North–South Commuter railway, the Metro Manila subway, and the upgraded Light Rail/Metro Rail Transit systems,” said ADB senior transport specialist for Southeast Asia, Shuji Kimura. "The project, to be built with cutting-edge technology for cantilever overhead walkways, will provide safe, inclusive and equitable access for commuters while lowering CO2 emissions.”