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Old September 2nd, 2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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Metropolitan Cebu Bus Rapid Transit Development Project

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Work on bus system in Cebu starts next year
BY MARITES S. VILLAMOR, Visayas Bureau Chief

CEBU CITY -- Road right-of-way acquisition and widening to pave the way for dedicated lanes of the bus rapid transit system planned here are targeted to start here next year, local officials said.

An allocation of P975 million as peso counterpart fund for the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System project is included in the proposed 2013 budget of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC), according to the Budget department’s Web site.

The infrastructure component of the BRT system, which is targeted for roll-out in 2015, as well as consulting services for detailed engineering design will be proposed for funding through a loan from the World Bank, the DoTC announced on Friday last week.

The rolling stock, or the bi-articulated buses, as well as their operation and maintenance, will be opened to the private sector through the public private partnership (PPP) scheme, which is being explored under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) framework, said Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Chairman Sylvan Jakosalem.

"Actual construction of the bus lanes and stations under the infrastructure component is supposed to start in March 2013," Mr. Jakosalem said in a telephone interview.

Citom, representing the Cebu City government, will be coordinating closely with the DoTC in the implementation of the project.

In a statement, the DoTC said the Cebu BRT will field 176 buses and serve about 330,000 passengers daily starting 2015. A total of 33 stations will be built along the 16-kilometer route, from Bulacao in southern Cebu City to Talamban in the north, with buses arriving every two to five minutes.

Mr. Jakosalem said, however, that dedicated bus lanes will initially be established only from Bulacao to Ayala Center Cebu, or more than half of the proposed line.

"We will also be fielding buses from Ayala to Talamban. But this will be an experimental route. There will be no segregated bus lanes from Ayala to Talamban when we start operations in 2015," Mr. Jakosalem said.

Rafael Christopher L. Yap, Citom executive director, said this was one of the recommendations in the draft feasibility study "because of challenges in right-of-way acquisitions in the Banilad area."

"It will be a full BRT service from Bulacao to Ayala and a high bus priority system from Ayala to Talamban. Eventually, there will be segregated bus lanes up to Talamban," he added.

The draft feasibility study, which was prepared by consultant Integrated Transport Planning Ltd., was submitted to the DoTC and the World Bank last Aug. 3, Mr. Yap said.

The World Bank provided the grants that financed the feasibility study as well as the pre-feasibility study, which was completed in 2011.

Mr. Yap said the study is targeted to be finalized by late next month while the detailed engineering design should start by November this year.

The DoTC on Friday last week called for proposals for detailed engineering design and supervision of the transit way during construction.

Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival, who heads the inter-agency technical working group for the BRT project, said they have reviewed and concurred with the draft study.

It was presented to the city council last week and should be submitted next month to the National Economic and Development Authority Investment Coordination Committee for approval, he added.

"The project has also been endorsed by the RDC (Regional Development Council). The city council is also expected to concur with the study," Mr. Archival said.

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BRT proponents, World Bank unfazed by delay 12/6/2012

DESPITE the President’s deferred approval of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, proponents remain optimistic after World Bank officials expressed continued support for the mass transit reform.
Rafael Yap, head of the Cebu Integrated Traffic Operation Management (Citom), said a WB official told him that they would help lobby with President Benigno Aquino III and the NEDA board of directors to reconsider their position.
Yap, heads the BRT Technical Working Group, said the WB is willing to invite President Aquino or his chosen cabinet secretary to travel to countries where the BRT is being operated like Korea, India and Indonesia to observe how the scheme works.
The BRT system would need funding support from the World Bank through a $110 million loan; aside from $52 million from the Agence Francaise de Development; $25 million from teh Clean Technology Fund; and $25 million from the Philippine government.
Yap said the World Bank representatives assured that even if NEDA board approval would take three to four months, the BRT system could still be implemented as scheduled to be completed in 2015 or 2016.
The NEDA board decided during a meeting last week to defer action on the BRT proposal because of the need to clarify some concerns especially the plan to incorporate Cebu City’s BRT in the traffic mainstream.
President Aquino announced during his Cebu visit on Nov. 30 that the government cannot experiment on the BRT project which is estimated to cost P10 billion.
Cebu City Rep. Tomas Osmeña, who has championed the BRT since his previous term as city mayor, said he would be patient and didn’t mind delays in the project.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama who also supports the BRT said he would ask Yap to coordinate with the national government and “push” for the project implementation.
Yap said he was confident the BRT would eventually be approved since it is backed by Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya. He said ongoing preparatory studies, which include detailed engineering and a social management plan, willaddress questions on the BRT. /Doris C. Bongcac, Chief of Reporters

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