“BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems around the world have been successful in mobilizing masses of people in dense urban settings, getting them to their destinations reliably through fixed schedules, efficiently through segregated lanes and priority passage, comfortably and safely through modern, well-equipped buses, and affordably through relatively lower capital costs and maintenance expenditures,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya said in DOTC press release.
“BRTs are game-changers. They are as effective as rail systems in terms of moving people around quickly and efficiently, but are much cheaper to build and are faster to develop.”
“Since they will be granted as concessions, their riders will not be at the mercy of ‘colorum’ vehicles or transport strikes. They will be spared from unnecessary disruptions and unsafe traveling conditions,” Abaya added.
Last May this year National Economic Development Authority approved the construction of country’s first BRT system in Cebu.
Now, DOTC is proposing for a BRT system for Metro Manila to serve the Quezon Circle-Manila City Hall route.
“The DOTC is now studying other possible BRT locations in Metro Manila, in a bid to provide commuters with a modern, safe, convenient, and efficient mass transit bus system which current transport schemes are unable to offer,” said DOTC in the press release.
According to DOTC there are five components in a BRT system: modern buses, exclusive lane or busway, stations, continuously-operating services, systems and technology to ensure BRT buses are not impeded during trips.