MANILA - The bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Quezon City and Cebu will push through, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday, months after the government halted its implementation due to several issues.
Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark De Leon said studies showed that implementing the BRT system along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City and in Cebu was still possible.
“Together with the World Bank and NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority), we inspected and evaluated the accommodation of the corridors of Cebu and Quezon Avenue. We found that it is still possible to have BRT systems in these corridors,” De Leon said in a Palace press briefing.
“We have sent letter to DOF (Department of Finance) that we will push through with the program ASAP. In three year’s time we will have a BRT.”
The 12.3-km Metro Manila BRT- Line 1 is worth P4.8 billion and will run from Quezon Memorial Circle to Manila City Hall via the Elliptical road, Quezon Avenue and España Boulevard.
The 23-kilometer Cebu BRT project, on the other hand, will ply the Bulacao-Ayala-Talamban route and is estimated to cost P16 billion.
De Leon said the EDSA BRT Line 2 is still undergoing evaluation.