South Korea Will Provide Electric Buses to Makati

Makati is pushing with plans to become the country's first smart city.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay has signed a deal with South Korea's Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to upgrade the city's transportation system. KOICA will spend $13 million (roughly P724 million) for the electric bus project. 

Under the deal, KOICA will not only design and build the buses, but also the bus depots, and control It will also come up with the fleet's automatic fare collection system, fleet management system, and mobile passenger information system.

“Apart from the Makati Subway, this new public transport system is in line with our efforts to transform Makati into a smart city. We need to upgrade our systems because smart transportation is more convenient, safe, and cost-effective for both the city and commuters than traditional frameworks,” Binay said in a statement. 

For its part, the Makati government will provide the land for the construction of the infrastructure needed for the project. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2025. 

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