The Quezon City Government bared plans to acquire more electric tricycles to be used in areas with insufficient transportation system following the release of the study by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that showed the successful result of QC’s e-trike pilot program.
The City Government plans to acquire additional units of e-trike in the future to be used in areas not covered by the routes of traditional tricycles, according to the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) chief Gen. Elmo San Diego.
In the past two years, the City Government 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 4 months. On the other hand, in the Scout area, about 15 e-trike units were deployed and ran for 3 months, from September 24 to December 22, 2018.
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 8 passengers and the fare cost PhP 8 to PhP 10.
The study also identified possible areas where e-trike operation may be introduced. These include the highly populated area around the City Hall, area along the MRT-3, Cubao district and the highly-populated area in the northern part of the city.
The Quezon City Government, through the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), in cooperation with JICA and BEMAC, have launched the second pilot run of electric passenger tricycle (e-trike) service that will operate in three QC barangays: Barangays South Triangle, Paligsahan and Sacred Heart.