DOTC eying bus rapid transit in three years

DOTC eying bus rapid transit in three years image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Wikipedia, Mariordo | posted February 26, 2015 06:40

Will have 32 stations servicing some 300 additional buses

After hatching the ‘Express Bus’ program that caters to North-to-South-and-vice-versa commuters on EDSA, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is now planning a bus rapid transit (BRT) service for Metro Manila commuters from East-to-West and vice-versa.

Ready for presentation and approval from President Aquino is Metro Manila's first BRT system, which could be operation in as early as three years from now.

The Php4.9-billion BRT system stretches for 27.2 kilometers and will connect Quirino Highway to the Manila City Hall.  300 buses are projected to use it to pick up and drop-of some 279,476 passengers in any of the planned 32 stations by the time it starts operations in 2018.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya stresses that the BRT project will alleviate the high volume of traffic caused by people travelling in this direction on a daily basis and connect them as well to the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1), Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR).