Metro Manila and Cebu bus rapid transit system cost of Php 10.2 billion

Aug 28, 2017 | Same topic: Latest traffic updates
The government has spent an estimated Php 10.2 fund on the Metro Manila and Cebu bus rapid transit system.

It is clear that commuting in major cities is a daily agony without a feasible solution in sight. Road discipline is necessary to curb traffic woes. The government has spent Php 10.2 billion budget on the construction of a bus-based public transport system.

The three targeted bus rapid transit (BRT) systems haven’t begun construction. The government will split the budget up between them: one in Cebu and two in Metro Manila.

A BRT bus on the road

The government has spent Php 10.2 billion budget on the construction of a bus-based public transport system

Like trains, BRTs are excellent at safely moving large number of passengers quickly over dedicated lanes. Unlike trains run on rails, however, BRTs make high-floored buses since buses, in a way, have the lowest infrastructure costs and are considered the most affordable mode of transit system.

BRT Line 1 is expected to carry 291,500 passengers daily along the busy thoroughfares of España Boulevard and Quezon Avenue. The government will provide an estimated fund of Php 1.76 million for the BRT Line 1. It will connect with interchanges of the LRT1, PNR, the MRT-7, and the MRT-3.

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Two BRT buses on the road

BRTs are excellent at safely moving large number of passengers quickly over dedicated lanes

An estimated Php 3.09 million budget is cost of built 48.6 kilometer ESDA BRT or Line 2. Full built out of the Line 2 would include four routes: Ortigas to Bonifacio Global City, Ayala Avenue to World Trade Center, NAIA terminals, and EDSA and will carry around 1.6 million commuters. It will be also a street where pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to commute.

The Cebu BRT is estimated to cost Php 5.37 billion and is expected to handle 330,000 commuters.

BRT buses are expected to run in 5 minute intervals. The project taskforce is also planning to offer high-speed Internet on the BRT systems. Security cameras and public-address system will be also utilized in BRT. 

>>> The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has teamed up with TrackMate Business Solutions to launch the Passenger Assist-Rail Display System at LRT-2. Click to find out. 

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