The Department of Transportation is eyeing this year the partial operability of Package 1 of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (Cebu BRT)
Already in the procurement stage, Package 1 covers the 2.6-kilometer busway and features four stations and intersection improvements
Once fully operational, the entire 13.2-km Cebu BRT aims to serve around 60,000 passengers daily
The Cebu BRT project team and concerned transportation officials have been ordered to implement a 24/7 construction schedule to achieve this target
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing the partial operability within the year of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit’s (Cebu BRT) Package 1, one of the project’s crucial segments and already in the procurement stage.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the Cebu BRT project management team and concerned transportation officials to implement a 24/7 construction work schedule with three work shifts to meet this target.
The partial operability of Package 1 this year is in response to the need for mobility amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Currently, Cebu BRT’s Package 1 is already in the procurement stage. It covers the 2.6-kilometer (km) busway and features four stations, urban enhancements, and intersection improvements.
Tugade stressed the project contractor and key project personnel must be based in Cebu, and that 90% of the project’s total workforce must be Cebuanos in order to help residents deprived of their livelihood by the pandemic.
The transport chief also directed the contractor to ensure that the project’s work schedule and timeline of completion will be aligned with the election ban next year, and that the procurement process is fast-tracked.
Once completed and fully operational, the Cebu BRT aims to serve around 60,000 passengers daily.
The entire 13.2-km Cebu BRT lane will traverse the South Road Properties (SRP) through Mambaling, up to IT Park, and will have 17 stations, two terminals, and one depot.
Along with the BRT, there will be a 20.2-km bus feeder system to run with mixed traffic, complemented by sidewalk bus stops/shelters along the following routes: Cebu IT Park-Talamban, Mambaling-Bulacao, and Talisay-SRP.
Tugade noted the project will improve passenger mobility and provide a transportation option that is swift, comfortable, cost-effective, and efficient, and produces less pollution.