Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bus Rapid Transit in Cebu by 2015

Budget travelers and commuters' delight!

Not just breezy and cheaper but it is going to be a lot safer to go to Ayala or downtown Cebu (the ride at least) once the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Cebu is operational by 2015.

After the public consultation (which is expected to be done soon), the feasibility study will be finished in August. The detailed design is expected to start in October. And by October next year, construction will start. The system may be operational by 2015 if all goes according to plan.

The Cebu BRT would have Bulacao Station in the south and Talamban Station up north with stops or stations in between. The stops will be located in N. Bacalso Avenue, Osmena Boulevard, Escario Street and Archbishop Reyes Avenue:


Phase 1 will be the Bulacao to Ayala route while Phase 2 will be from Ayala to Talamban. Future extension will include a BRT to Mactan International Airport. Wow!






Bus rapid transit (BRT) is a term applied to a variety of public transportation systems using buses to provide faster, more efficient service than an ordinary bus line. Often this is achieved by making improvements to existing infrastructure, vehicles and scheduling. The goal of these systems is to approach the service quality of rail transit while still enjoying the cost savings and flexibility of bus transit.[1] The expression BRT is mainly used in the Americas; in Europe and Australia, it is often called a busway, while elsewhere, it may be called aquality bus.--wikipedia

Here's a graphic artist's rendition of what the station in Osmena Boulevard would look like. Using the existing skywalk? Nice.:


Other stations would be similar to these:



The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Cebu is a welcome news for commuters like me who lugs around one bag for the camera and another for the laptop. At the moment, for safety reasons, I only take the cab if I brought my valuables. Riding the jeepney around Cebu (with my two bags) is courting danger (read: snatch thief and hold-upper). With the BRT, aside from the airconditioned comfort, here's hoping they will install CCTV too like the ones in public buses in Singapore and Malaysia.


4 comments:

  1. nice..sana ganyan din dito sa Manila.:)

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    1. i've read in the news there's a plan to have a Bus Rapid Transit in Makati. that would be really nice!

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    1. i love it how Cebu is becoming more and more of a cosmopolitan and resort city rolled into one! :)

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