QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City government is planning to acquire additional electric tricycles to to expand its use in other parts of the city.
The new e-tricycle units will be used in areas not covered by the routes of conventional tricycles, said Elmo San Diego, Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) head.
Over the last two years, the local 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 for four months.
On the other hand, in the Scout area, about 15 e-trike units were deployed and ran for three months September to December last year.
This, after the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) revealed in its study that the local government’s maiden e-trike pilot program was successful.
The results of the JICA study stated 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 P8 to P10 each.
The study also identified possible areas where e-trike operation may be introduced such as 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.