Metro Cebu getting LRT, BRT, P2P buses, monorail in integrated system

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be implementing Integrated Transportation System (ITS) in Metro Cebu that will synchronize various mass transportation solutions, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

Secretary Tugade and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino met in March and on June 25 to discuss the components of ITS.

According the DOTr, the ITS is the result of Secretary Tugade’s meeting last month with representatives of the World Bank. Tugade inspected the 23-kilometer route of the BRT with World Bank representatives and DOTr, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials.

The Metro Cebu ITS will include a point-to-point (P2P) bus system similar to MyBus, which is already operational in the city; a monorail in Lapu-Lapu City; the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in three-lane roads; and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines from Carcar to Danao, and the Mandaue to Airport Line.

DOTr said a Singaporean-Chinese and Filipino consortium has submitted a proposal to construct a US$3-billion LRT system with a subway component in Cebu City, an above ground component from Talisay to Carcar and from Mandaue to Danao, with an airport line from Mandaue to the MCIA complex.

“The LRT will become the main arterial backbone of Cebu’s mass transportation, with other ITS components as feeder lines serving internal peripheries,” Tugade said.

He said that the construction of the LRT will go beyond the first three ITS components, as it will take more years to build than the rest. P2P bus system is fastest to implement.

According to DOTr, the metro-wide mass transit program will converge in a Common Station. DOTr is studying two areas where the Common Station will be put up — one in a coastal district and the other in a city center.

“There is no single solution to address transportation issues. It needs a basket of solutions, that is why we are pursuing the implementation of the Integrated Transportation System in Cebu in the next two years,” Secretary Tugade said.

Tugade said the ITS was developed after due consideration of Metro Cebu’s road profile, and the fast-growing need of efficient mass transport systems in bigger, inter-connected cities.