MANILA - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is studying a proposal to dismantle the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) and replace it with a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will not require subsidies from taxpayers.
In a letter to the DOTr dated August 11, Filipino consortium Philtrak Inc. offered to dismantle the LRT-2, cement its carriageway and install the BRT -- all for free.
Philtrak President Francis Yuseco said they are ready to provide 30 BRT bus units that could serve 243,000 passengers every day from Recto station in Manila until Santolan station in Pasig.
The BRT will operate in a 24/7 basis and will flow the fare matrix of LRT-2, the private firm said.
Speaking to radio DZMM, DOTr Undersecretary Noel Eli Kinatanar said they are looking into the advantages of the proposed system.
"Kahit ano mang pagbabago na ganoon kalaki, sisiguraduhin po natin na hindi mapeperwisyo ang mga pasahero," he said. [We will ensure that any change with such extensive effects will not be a nuisance to passengers.]
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier said he is eyeing the BRT program as a means of easing the hellish traffic situation in Metro Manila.