Cuenco to push for subway system, not BRT, in new administration

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A CEBU City councilor wants to push for a subway system in the city rather than continue the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, once the new administration takes over this year.

In an interview, City Councilor James Anthony Cuenco said aside from the delays on the implementation of the BRT, its current design could aggravate the city’s traffic woes due to the narrow roads that were included in the project’s routes.

“Under a new administration, I will push instead for a subway system much like the model they are doing in Metro Manila,” Cuenco told SunStar Cebu on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Cuenco, who chairs the committee on transportation, said they have yet to get updates from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) concerning the implementation of the BRT project in the city.

He said the DOTr has not afforded his office or the Cebu City Government of any update about the project.

Cuenco said the last time the DOTr coordinated with the City was sometime in February of this year.

“Sadly, the last time they coordinated with the LGU was when they were seeking for a deed of usufruct over a 1.6 hectare lot in SRP (South Road Properties),” Cuenco added.

In a separate interview, Mayor Michael Rama said that he will coordinate again with DOTr to check on the progress of the project.

Rama said that he recently approved the earth balling of trees that will be affected along Jones Ave.

Last Feb. 8, the DOTr posted an invitation to bid for the construction of infrastructure from Capitol to the Cebu South Bus Terminal and an enhancement of the link to the Cebu port that would form part of the BRT project.

However, no updates were given by the agency despite the deadline of the invitation to bid expired on April 4.

During his visit in Cebu last Mar. 29, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade met with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino to discuss the developments of the BRT project.

Tugade said the construction of the BRT must be realized and should commence by June 2022.

If the project pushes through and gets completed, the Cebu BRT project will be able to deploy 250 buses that can carry 60,000 passengers daily.

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