Cebu BRT gets a green lightAbante Pinas!
:banana:Cebu BRT gets a green light
By Elias O. Baquero and Princess Dawn H. Felicitas
Saturday, May 31, 2014
CEBU -- A proposed P10.6-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project for Cebu City finally gained the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) board’s go signal.
The BRT is one of nine major projects, worth P62.3 billion combined, which President Benigno Aquino III approved last Thursday in a marathon meeting from 1 p.m. to nearly midnight.
“This is a huge milestone in terms of providing public transportation for Cebuanos in Cebu City, as well as for the Filipinos, because we will finally be able to have public transportation that is safe, efficient, comfortable and for the best,” said Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) executive director Atty. Rafael Yap.
Yap attended last Thursday’s meeting with officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)-Central Visayas.
It’s been two years since the BRT was first endorsed to the Neda board.
Bohol project, too
At the time the Regional Development Council (RDC) first endorsed it in 2012, the BRT was expected to cost US$195 million, including $15 million for resettlement and environmental mitigation costs.
The other Neda-approved projects include the P653-million Malinao Dam improvement project in Bohol; the P18.7-billion Kaliwa Dam project and the P5.8-billion Angat Dam water transmission project for Metro Manila’s water needs; the P4.1-billion improvement of Busuanga airport in Palawan; and the P1.2-billion Laoag airport road link project.
At first, the Neda board deferred approval of the BRT in 2012, then asked the DOTC to submit a proof of concept.
At that time, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama asked Yap, who is part of the technical working group, to work with DOTC in pushing for the project’s approval.
Now, Yap said, DOTC hopes to bid out and award the detailed engineering work within the year.
Construction is projected to take two years.
The BRT will cover 16 kilometers and will be built in two phases. The first phase will be from Bulacao to the Cebu Business District, with links to the malls Ayala Center and SM City Cebu, while the second phase will be from Ayala Center to Talamban.
Earlier, project proponents of the BRT had targeted to start its implementation in October 2013, for the system to become operational by 2015.
The BRT, which will have 33 stations with 176 buses, is expected to serve 330,000 passengers per day.
It will be funded by Agence Francaise de Development and the World Bank, through the Clean Technology Fund.
Upon learning of the BRT’s approval, former mayor and former Cebu City congressman Tomas Osmeña said it was something he will celebrate.
“The seed I planted sprouted. Do you know what it feels like to see a dream come true? This is it,” he said in a text message. Preparatory work on the BRT started when Osmeña was mayor.
Also on Friday, Yap said the approval of the BRT means that the DOTC and the City Government can start managing the project’s anticipated social impact.
This will include consulting drivers of public utility jeepneys who will be affected by the project.
“We will need to talk to DOTC and come up with a good social impact mitigation project for the affected sectors. I cannot stop emphasizing how important it is to cushion the impact that the BRT will have,” Yap added.
The Cebu City Development Council chaired by Mayor Rama had endorsed the BRT through a resolution passed last February 21, 2012.
The Infrastructure Development Committee of the RDC then endorsed the project less than a month later, recalled committee chairman Emmanuel Rabacal. The RDC full council passed its resolution endorsing the project last March 26, 2012.
In its pre-feasibility study for the project, Integrated Transport Planning Ltd., commissioned by the World Bank, had pointed out that the BRT could make an estimated US$15 million a year.
It also said that road right-of-way acquisition would be “very limited” because the system will use existing routes. (With SDR of Sunnex/Sun.Star Cebu)
They maybe thinking of looking good on this developments, but sorry for them. I kept a timeline myself and please add if I missed some important benchmarks:
1992-1994--->Metro Cebu Mass Transport Study
1996--->Visit to Curitiba, Brazil
1996--->Land use planning & transport planning cannot be separated; Public transport comes first
2008--->Request for World Bank funding for BRT development.
2009-2011--->DOTC Metro Cebu public transport strategy.
2009--->Cebu City BRT Pre-feasibility Study.
June, 2010--->Pre Feasibility Study Approved.
2010--->Cebu City Resolution to accept BRT
2011-2012--->BRT Detailed Feasibility Study.
December, 2011--->Feasibility Study commenced.
August, 2012--->Feasibility Study completed.
August 25, 2012--->EPC Bidding Invitation - Cebu BRT. Bidding for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for Cebu has moved forward with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) seeking proposals on Friday for project design and construction supervision. The agency said in an invitation published in newspapers that the Cebu BRT, which is eyed to operate by 2015 with an estimated capacity of 330,000 passengers, "is a transport system with around 176 buses that will run through the dedicated and exclusive bus-ways from Bulacao to Talamban in Cebu, with a link to Cebu's South Road Property." Business districts, residential areas, shopping centers and noted tourist locations will mark the bus routes, according to the invitation, with "33 stations along the corridor and a bus will be made available at each station every 2-5 minutes."
The DoTC said international and local consultancy firms may submit proposals for the project, which will have two phases. The engineering, structural, civil and mechanical design will form the first phase, while the second phase 2 will comprise the "supervision of the transit way and the supporting infrastructure during the construction." The DoTC media relations department, meanwhile, said the contract to build "will be [auctioned off through] another bidding," while the BRT system will be operated by the agency and the local government of Cebu.
November 21, 2012--->The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project of the Cebu City Government is approved by the Investment Coordinating Council of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda-ICC).
December 1, 2012--->PNoy explains deferment of Bus Rapid Transit system project in Cebu. CEBU CITY, Dec. 1 (PIA) --President Benigno S. Aquino III wants the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Cebu perfected prior to its implementation. The President in an interview during his lunch with allies of the Liberal Party (LP) in Cebu, said the BRT's approval was deferred by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to give time to iron out issues. He said the government cannot experiment on the project which is estimated to cost P10 billion. "Medyo may kulang. There is a need for segregated roads to minimize the stop and go pero meron ba talagang lugar sa Cebu na mas segregated tayo,"� Aquino said.
December 2, 2012--->Unlike the airport expansion project, the Neda board has decided to defer action on Cebu City’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project that was supposed to address the worsening traffic problems in the city.
Cebu BRT Feasibility Study
World Bank presentation to the Movement for a Liveable Cebu
-July 2012: Public exhibitions in city hall, Ayala, and SM
-August 2012: Feasibility study complete
-October 2012: Detailed design commences
-May 2013: Design complete
-October 2013: Earliest construction commences
Photos and original document found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97526244/Cebu-BRT-Feasibility-Study
The official name of the project is Cebu City Bus Rapid Transit. Apparently the thread starter made their own. :lol:Bakit Metro Cebu BRT kung sa Cebu City lang naman ito? Just asking.
Hope so. In fact this is the biggest issue here in Cebu City at this moment.I just hope they don´t cut ages-old trees for this supportive project.
Unfortunately I don't see it, even I read it few times. Curitiba is using that mode for quite sometime, something like, mid 1970s.Cebu’s BRT: Not a long-term fix
This guy has a point though...