DOTr eyes partial operation of Cebu Bus Rapid Transit in 2021

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing partial operation of Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (Cebu BRT) Package 1 within 2021.

Package 1 covers the 2.6-kilometer busway, four (4) stations, urban realm enhancement, and vital intersection improvements. Package 1 is already at the procurement stage.

According to DOTr, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade directed to make sure that the project’s work schedule and timeline of completion will be aligned with the election ban next year, and that the procurement process should be fast tracked.

The also transportation chief ordered the Cebu BRT project management team and the other concerned transportation officials to implement a 24/7 construction work schedule, with three work shifts that will employ and generate jobs for more local residents of the province.

“The 13.2-kilometer bus rapid transit lane will traverse the South Road Properties (SRP) through Mambaling, up to IT Park, with 17 stations, two (2) terminals, and one (1) depot. Along with the BRT, there will be a 20.2-kilometer bus feeder system to run with mixed traffic, complemented with sidewalk bus stops/ shelters along the following routes: (i)Cebu IT Park-Talamban, (ii) Mambaling-Bulacao, and (iii) Talisay- SRP,” DOTr said.

“On its completion and once fully operational, the Cebu BRT aims to serve around 60,000 passengers daily,” it added.