VALLACAR Transit Incorporated, the company behind the Ceres Liner Buses, will be the one to operate the Cebu Interim Bus Service (CIBuS), which will be launched March 16 in Cebu City.
Twenty modern buses will ply the streets of Cebu City coming from the South Road Properties to Fuente Osmeña starting 8 a.m. of March 16.
Each of the buses can carry 48 seating and 16 standing passengers, which is equivalent to four jeepneys. Fare rate is P11 for the first five kilometers and an additional P2.20 per kilometer.
The CIBuS will ensure more comfortable travel with its airconditioned bus units and reliable public transport service to Cebuanos.
There are 17 identified designated bus stops, and the Cebu City Government has been tasked to set up the bus stop signs on the designated bus stops.
Prior to implementing the CIBuS, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino met with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, Talisay City Mayor Samsam Gullas, and top officials from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to finalize the project.
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra said the CIBuS is a transportation changer not just to commuters but to all Cebuanos who are tired of dealing with the traffic woes within the Metro.
“Absolutely, dako kaayo og kausaban. The level of service will definitely improve substantially. Can you just imagine that in the first time for the island of Cebu, Province of Cebu, and in the City of Cebu, you will now have a modern bus service before the full implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit,” said Delgra during his meeting with Dino last Thursday, March 5.
Delgra added that the CIBuS will not only give the public access to modern buses but “will run on a level of service, which will include regular intervals, a definite travel time, and automatic fare collection system. Dili na mobayad og cash kay mo tap nalang, o card nalang ang bayad.”
The buses will use the Transit Access Pass (TAP) card, a form of electronic ticketing payment.
However, before the TAP card can be implemented the bus personnel will have to collect the fare. The LTFRB set the fare at P11 for the first five kilometers and an additional P2.50 for each succeeding kilometer.
The CIBuS will pave the way for a higher capacity public transport system where bus boarding and alighting will be at designated bus stops only.
Service frequency will be between 10 to 15 minutes and may vary depending on the time of the day of the commute.
The official estimate for bus intervals from Mondays to Saturdays, at 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (rush hour), is 10 minutes; from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (non-rush hour) is at 15 minutes; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (rush hour) is at 10 minutes; 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. (non-rush hour) at 15 minutes; and 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. at 30 minutes.
Bus intervals on Sundays and public holidays is 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., and 30 minutes from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. (HBL/KAL/With PR)