DOTC Seeks Consultants for Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

DOTC Seeks Consultants for Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) -- The Department of Transportation and Communication is now underway to seeking consultancy services for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Cebu. Parallel to that is the department's hope that a loan from the World Bank can be availed, to finance the said transit service facility.

According to the DOTC, Cebu BRT is patterned after those in Bogota, Colombia; Curitiba, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Guangzhou, China. This will be the first of its kind in the Philippines, comes its expected operation in 2015.

Features of Cebu Bus Rapid Transit. The Cebu BRT system will:
  • have 176 buses - to run the dedicated bus ways that is, from Bulacao to Talamban, linking to the South Road Property
  •  serve around 330k passengers / day
  • traverse Cebu City CBDs (Central Business Districts), residential areas, shopping centers and some key tourist destinations.
  • have 33 stations - buses arriving at each station every 2-5 minutes
Potential network for Cebu BRT (wiki)


For the consultants, the Cebu BRT project will be undergoing 2 phases:
Detailed engineering design and preparation of bidding documents for the engineering, structural, civil, architectural, electrical and mechanical design; and

Supervision of the transit way and the supporting infrastructure during the construction. (http://www.interaksyon.com)
Way to go Cebu! I hope Metro Manila will contemplate on having this kind of public transport system too.

Image: Cebu BRT Facebook page (Get updates on Cebu BRT by tuning in to the project's FB page)

6 comments:

  1. Just about time Cebu starts thinking of a better public transportation system. The city is growing...and the streets are really small..

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  2. This is a great project and should also be implemented in metro manila to help eliminate traffic.

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  3. DOTC must do this project in Manila. people there need this type of public transpo.

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  4. Rico Villemore8/29/2012

    I agree something needs to be done about public transport. So dont take the following comments the wrong way please...

    but
    1. There seems a lack of public consultation. The first many knew was a bus proposal but what was flagged prior? to look at options. Many didnt know about the proposal that I spoke with.

    2. Theres been nothing of the financials eg. proposed fares? why would someone want to pay 8p for a jeep and double that to say 15? or 25p a journey? and who will pay this?

    3. I dont like buses. I've ridden enough buses in other cities. I ride Ceres buses here. Have other options been considered eg. that can fit into the existing road network instead of creating dedicated lanes eg. a tram system like in San Fransisco or Melbourne take a look at this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpk1f0iwRRc
    I checked out this and i think this would appeal better and less congestion as Ive been to Melbourne and the traffic and trams integrate well. Its a tourist draw card to ride trams, to have a restaurant tram trip around town, free tourist trams etc!! its much cleaner on the air than eg. diesel buses and quite economical to construct something that is different than stinky diesel buses or whatever gas will be running the buses.

    It just seems the mad rush is on to get more stinky, fossil fuel burning machines on the rapid transport system.

    Ok, I also was in Brisbane Australia in my travels and the dedicated bus lanes worked well but from a tourist point of view Melbourne was a real draw card as is San Fransisco for trams.

    PS. Im not doubting Cebus traffic and strategies need to be implemented im just perhaps throwing something different into the ring before a final decision is made.

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  5. Hi Sir Rico,
    With due respect, I took the initiative to post your comments in the Cebu City BRT Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CebuCityBRT hoping that they would ponder or comment on your wonderful inputs. Thanks!

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  6. Transportation and Communication is now underway to seeking consultancy services for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Cebu. Parallel to that is the department's hope that a loan from the World Bank can be availed, to finance the said transit service facility.

    loan

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