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Asian Development Bank

100 Climate Actions from Cities in Asia and the Pacific


The metropolitan area surrounding Manila is aiming to attract more pedestrians and increase the use of public transportation with new elevated walkways.

In Quezon City, Makati, and Pasay on the outskirts of Manila, five kilometers of elevated walkways are being constructed. The new paths will also connect to other public transportation options, in order to improve the area for pedestrians and encourage the switch from private to public transportation.


The construction and renovation of footbridges, and addition of elevators will protect pedestrians from the elements and help to improve access for the elderly and disabled.

By enhancing the efficiency of public transport interchange, it is anticipated that more commuters will ditch their cars in favour of the more attractive public transportation options. There is also a plan to link the city through the ferry system.

The elevated walkways of Manila will improve access to public transport and reduce the reliance on private vehicles in the capital (photo by ADB).

The Challenge

In some areas, such as Quezon City, private transportation comprises over 80% of trips. Through promoting integrated public transportation, the area can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and improve air quality.


Health The elevated walkways are designed to improve pedestrian safety and comfort, while at the same time reducing conflicts on the street level

Economic Wider economic benefits are expected for local businesses as well as the greater region through congestion reduction.