The Guam Regional Transit Authority is eyeing the Mangilao school zone as the first route of its planned Park & Ride project.
GRTA’s Park & Ride operations involve facilities where residents can park their personal vehicles and make use of public transportation to get to their offices or appointments.
These facilities are in use all over the world and their benefits include lower fuel costs for residents, more time to rest by being driven to work, and less carbon monoxide polluting the atmosphere.
In Guam’s case, the first Park & Ride parking facility will be in Dededo, if a bill providing land for the facility is passed into law. From Dededo, a fleet of electric buses funded by the federal government will transport riders, a lot of them students and professionals, to Mangilao where they study and work.
Alejo Sablan, chairman of the Guam Regional Transit Authority board of directors, during a virtual hearing on Tuesday, testified in favor of Bill No. 198-36 (COR) which allots Dededo property for GRTA’s Park & Ride project.
“A Park and Ride facility will reduce congestion as well as improve the social and economic welfare of residents in Dededo, Yigo, and the Andersen Air Force base area. There are over 50,000 residents residing in those areas,” Sablan said.
He said traffic congestion is horrendous in those areas because the roads are not built to accommodate the thousands of drivers driving their vehicles to and from work, school, and other essential destinations
According to Sablan, the first route that GRTA plans to establish goes through Mangilao.
“An electric bus will depart the parking facility and go to the University of Guam, Guam Community College, George Washington High School, Father Duenas Memorial School, and the other schools and offices in that area,” the GRTA chairman said.
He pointed out that thousands of students live in Dededo and Yigo with the desire to pursue higher education.
“However, many do not have reliable transportation to and from school. The Park & Ride is their bridge to a better quality of life and road to prosperity,” Sablan said.