BRT in Cebu City

When I first found out that former mayor Tomas Osmeña prefers BRT over MRT/LRT. I frowned.

BRT is Bus Rapid Transit. “Buses” in the narrow streets of Cebu City?! My mind is thinking of Metro Manila’s streets filled with buses. Congested. The arrogant bus drivers.

I researched. I browsed Google for images. But it was the Youtube video that got me convinced that BRT is way better than Metro Manila’s LRT system.

In my observation, BRT is similar to LRT – the bus is connected to an electric cable at the top, but run on the ground, and not on a rail track. [Updated] I just found another video, buses in Brazil has no cable attached, it is like a normal bus, only longer.

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According to the news article posted in the Inquirer, BRT is cheaper than MRT/LRT. It would cost 7$ M per kilometer to build, compared to LRT which is 32$ and 60$M per kilometer.

BRT would be constructed in major thoroughfares, and will have its own dedicated lanes. Small vehicles are not allowed in it.

South American countries innovated this, now US cities are copying it. Because it is effective in curbing traffic.

The project would start at the Bulacao to Talamban route, and would be practically completed by 2013 if everything goes according to plan.

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Read Inquirer’s article.

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24 Responses to BRT in Cebu City

  1. Maniniyot says:

    I thought that it is really the same bus in Manila running on the streets of Cebu. Guot na gani ang ubang mga streets dugangan pa dyud sa mga bus.

    • Cebuano says:

      I like BRT. Similar ra ni sa LRT sa Manila, duna electric cable. Dili lang sya mag dagan sa track.

    • gus falcon says:

      Its about time we have a mass transport system in cebu, Infact its long overdue. Cebu is growing rapidly economically and its population is growing as well, I think the people that are against brt are those people that havent rode a jeepney in their life or havent tried hustling the early morning rushour in cebu city, or probably youre one of the puj drivers. The jeepney mass transport that we have right now is obsolete and crude and this is not in line with the rapid urbanization of cebu city, in addition our jeepney drivers and conductors(fare collectors) are not well trained that most of them end up endangering the lives of their passengers. Its either they drive too fast just to catch commuters or drives very very slow during non-peak hours, there are even reports that some of them or most of them are using drugs. If we now have brt we can better monitor and screen our brt bus drivers thereby insuring safety of commuters. This can also help eliminate holdups(thief) inside jeepneys since we can put security system on our brt buses. THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY, A BETTER SYSTEM, CEBUANOS DESERVED TO HAVE A BETTER MASS TRANSPORT SYSTEM, IM BEGGING FELLOW CEBUANOS AND NONCEBUANOS AS WELL TO PLEASE SUPPORT BRT, THIS IS THE MOST EFFICIENT, INEXPENSIVE TRANSPORT SYSTEM AS OF YET FOR CEBU, PLEASE, PLEASE SUPPORT IT. WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? ARENT YOU TIRED YET?

  2. Maniniyot says:

    I thought that it is really the same bus in Manila running on the streets of Cebu. Guot na gani ang ubang mga streets dugangan pa dyud sa mga bus.

  3. Maniniyot says:

    Aw, magdagan gyapon boss kay naa may cable. Murag ingani man tong makita naku panagsa sa mga movies nga sa Los Angeles gi-shoot. Ambot lang kung mao ba ni. Mas ok ni siya kay murag dili kaayo guot sa dalan ba.

  4. Maniniyot says:

    Aw, magdagan gyapon boss kay naa may cable. Murag ingani man tong makita naku panagsa sa mga movies nga sa Los Angeles gi-shoot. Ambot lang kung mao ba ni. Mas ok ni siya kay murag dili kaayo guot sa dalan ba.

  5. Maniniyot says:

    Kung wala’y cable mas maayo kay para dili kaayo hassle sa dalan. 😀 Hehe. Pero kining mga ingani murag guot kayo sa ubang part sa Cebu.

    • Cebuano says:

      BRT would be constructed in major thoroughfares, and will have its own dedicated lanes. Small vehicles are not allowed in it.

      South American countries innovated this, now US cities are copying it. Because it is effective in curbing traffic.

  6. Maniniyot says:

    Kung wala’y cable mas maayo kay para dili kaayo hassle sa dalan. 😀 Hehe. Pero kining mga ingani murag guot kayo sa ubang part sa Cebu.

    • Cebuano says:

      BRT would be constructed in major thoroughfares, and will have its own dedicated lanes. Small vehicles are not allowed in it.

      South American countries innovated this, now US cities are copying it. Because it is effective in curbing traffic.

  7. Maniniyot says:

    Oh, now I know it. Can’t wait to see this project in Cebu. 🙂

  8. Maniniyot says:

    Oh, now I know it. Can’t wait to see this project in Cebu. 🙂

  9. orayao says:

    I can only suggest that aside from BRT as an alternative transport for people between Bulacao and Talamban to and from the city. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport should have a RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM that will link to the main drop off area in Cebu City and back. As what I have observed, most Primary Airports all over the world they are link to some kind of a Rail Transit System, this is the most convenient and effecient way of transporting local passengers and tourist alike. Based on my experience, as a stranger and not familiar to the place, knowing that there’s a TRAIN that I can hop on when I’m ready to go back to the airport, is an absolute convenience and less stress. This is also good for tourist/passengers who wants to spend few hours or even overnight before they proceed to their next destination, better than just hanging out at the airport for hours. I believed everybody agree with me. Lastly I would like the Province and Cebu City government to unite in this project to be materialized soon not beyond my lifetime “please”. Orayao love Cebu.

  10. orayao says:

    I can only suggest that aside from BRT as an alternative transport for people between Bulacao and Talamban to and from the city. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport should have a RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM that will link to the main drop off area in Cebu City and back. As what I have observed, most Primary Airports all over the world they are link to some kind of a Rail Transit System, this is the most convenient and effecient way of transporting local passengers and tourist alike. Based on my experience, as a stranger and not familiar to the place, knowing that there’s a TRAIN that I can hop on when I’m ready to go back to the airport, is an absolute convenience and less stress. This is also good for tourist/passengers who wants to spend few hours or even overnight before they proceed to their next destination, better than just hanging out at the airport for hours. I believed everybody agree with me. Lastly I would like the Province and Cebu City government to unite in this project to be materialized soon not beyond my lifetime “please”. Orayao love Cebu.

  11. I think this system is similar to Singapore…but sana may train din para naay saktong option…dili magbinugnu-ay sa bus stations kay naa pod train

  12. I think this system is similar to Singapore…but sana may train din para naay saktong option…dili magbinugnu-ay sa bus stations kay naa pod train

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