CEBU CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for the first phase of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system to be partially operational before December 2021.
This was disclosed by DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon during the Cebu Integrated and Intermodal Transport System (CIITS) update press conference at the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) in Cebu City.
"Right now we are doing detailed engineering design and after we are done with it, then we can already bid out the civil works of phase one," de Leon said.
The budget still remains at P16-B for the BRT system alone, which the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has already approved.
Together with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Dino, De Leon presented the improved route of the BRT system which includes 84 bus stops, providing more rider-ship and feasible options.
De Leon clarified that they did not shorten the routes, but expanded them instead to Talisay City, from the original concept which was only up to Bulacao.
He pointed out that the immediate output of Phase 1 is from Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) to Capitol area where they will be setting up median bus stops.
He also added that areas with bus stops will have right of way acquisition.
De Leon assured that for the BRT dedicated lane, they will maintain two lanes available for private cars.
Meanwhile, trunk service of Phase 1 will cover the 13.83km line from South Road Properties (SRP) to IT Park.
Another part of Phase 1 is the feeder services from IT Park to Talamban (5.68km), Talisay to Mambaling (7.55km), and Talisay to SRP (7.36km).
Moreover, De Leon said that aside from BRT, they are looking comprehensively and holistically at considering the need for a monorail and aerial tramway. (fan/pia7)