BRT given go-ahead in Cebu

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PHILIPPINES Representatives from the Filipino city of Cebu have endorsed a proposal to introduce Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to the area, with a planned launch in 2020.

The BRT system will rely on dedicated bus lanes and elevated platforms.

The network will include 190 buses served by 411 drivers with smaller vehicles serving as ‘feeders’ for areas outside the BRT system. Smartcards or tickets will be used.

The system will include bike and pedestrian lanes. A mass transit route from Barangay Bulacao to Talamban will be the highest priority corridor. The BRT system should cost $195m to complete, but potentially earn $15m in annual revenue.

The Study and Concept Plan states: “BRT in Cebu is physically, institutionally and financially feasible. It will offer a new form of public transport which has the potential to significantly enhance the mobility of those that live and work in Cebu, benefitting growth in the local economy, and offering significant environmental benefits.”