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The Cebu BRT Project will commenced this year, to give commuters a “fast, comfortable and cost effective mode of transportation”, as Budget Secretary F. Abad is quoted. The main idea is to “emulate a railway based transit system” at a much lower cost.
As noted, the BRT system is a better, more environment friendly, cost sensible mass transport system to address the worsening traffic, as the scheme will replace the small capacity jeepneys with larger buses travelling along dedicated lanes. Here, passengers fall in line in elevated terminals then step unto buses with floor height matching the stopover.
On the other hand, the Light Railway Transit (LRT) System and MRT are huge, over burdened systems that Metropolitan Manila, the nation’s capital, can take care of.
The Cebu BRT project will be funded by loans from Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the Clean Technology Fund.
As approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), project cost is PHP 10.62 billion.
The Forward Obligation Authority (FOA) issued by the Department of Budget and Managment (DBM) covers P 9.48 billion – comprising of national contribution and loan proceeds and the remaining P1.14 will be funded by the private sector.
This endeavor is welcomed not only for the indicators cited above, but also for the various opportunities which will be opened for employment, not only in the construction and manufacturing sectors, but in the allied business categories as well.
The BRT route runs through Osmena Boulevard and Fuente Osmena to Escario Street, then Talamban roads.
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Special thanks to Cebu Daily News for the info bits.