There are more escalators than there are escalators in the Philippine capital Manila.
And the escalators aren’t as smooth as some others.
The Philippine capital is a city with a rich history, a rich heritage, and an increasingly modern urban fabric.
It’s an example of what Filipinos love about the country, but the country’s escalators are not up to the job.
“I was actually really excited when I heard about this.
It sounded great.
And I was even more excited when they actually showed it off,” says Elizabeth Escala, an urban planner who lives in Manila.
Escala’s office has been working on a plan to make Manila’s escalator a bit smoother.
“It was going to be an idea for a public project that was going back and forth in the city.
But I was told that it’s not going to happen,” she says.
But it has.
Escala says she has been contacted by several companies who want to improve Manila’s public transit system.
Escalation in the metro Manila Elizabeth Escala works on a public transit project in the Metro Manila.
Escala, along with another planner, is working on an idea that could improve Manila transit system, if it is funded.
“I am working with a group of public agencies to make this project a reality.
They are looking at the possibility of a project that is affordable, easy to implement, and that would involve a large public investment,” Escala told Vice News.
The project could cost between P3.6 billion and P3 billion, and involve a new metro line and escalators that are made of steel.
It is a project which has sparked a lot of controversy among locals and even some city officials.
“When we’re looking at projects that involve public investment, we should always be mindful of the community, not only because it will benefit them, but also because it would benefit the city itself,” says Mayor Paolo Duterte.
“So, to be clear, we’re talking about public transit projects in the capital that have a lot to do with the well-being of our residents.
But the people who are benefiting from the project are not the same as those who are going to benefit,” says Duterte.
Some residents are worried that the metro line will cause more traffic jams, but some say the subway would be safer.
Panther Muyang, an environmentalist who has worked on environmental issues in the Manila area for decades, says the subway line is not needed in the area.
“There are many more people using public transportation,” Muyung told Vice.
“In this area, we have to take care of all the issues.
We can’t build the subway because the residents are not using it.
It is not the right solution.
It will only aggravate traffic.”
Duterte said that the Metro Transit Authority (MTA) was working on ways to improve the escalations, but that there was a lot left to do before they could actually go ahead.
In the meantime, it looks like some of the metro lines in Manila are in the works.
More escalators and more public transit