CEBU CITY: The Cebu City government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the implementation of a P10.6-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama signed the deal before he left for the United States on Wednesday. DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson signed the agreement in advance.
Under the deal, DOTC through BRT-National Program Management Office (BRT-NPMO) and BRT-National Steering Committee (BRT-NSC) are primarily responsible in overseeing the planning and development as well as implementation of the project and responsible in establishing and administering comprehensive and integrated programs for transportation.
The feasibility and engineering studies, issuance of franchise, BRT bus requirements and formulation of transport routes and areas of operation will be governed by DOTC.
BRT-NSC is the national body that will coordinate in the formulation, planning, implementation, management, regulation and monitoring of BRT policies, plans and projects in the country.
DPWH will provide “technical services for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and/or operation of infrastructure facilities.”
The city government, which is the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), on the other hand, is responsible for providing adequate communication; transportation facilities; provide comments on the plans, proposals, and feasibility study for BRT; engage with affected sectors and communities particularly addressing the social impact of the project; formulation of ordinances regarding BRT traffic, among others.
The BRT, expected to be operational by 2017, is a system where segregated lanes are made exclusively for the buses. It will have 33 stations with 176 buses, with buses passing each station every two to five minutes.
The route will be from Barangay Bulacao in the south to Talamban in the north using dedicated bus lanes.
About 330,000 passengers are expected to use the BRT line every day.
The mass transport is seen to help ease traffic congestion, provide fast, comfortable and cost-effective mobility in Cebu City.