Metro Manila may get Bus Rapid Transit
Hat tip to the kids at skyscraper city and to anonymous for the comment.
(Can't find the original source article just yet.) :
Vol. XXI, No. 27
Monday, September 3, 2007 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Bus rapid transport system to put order
on Metro Manila thorough fares (sic)
METRO MANILA may soon put order to its bus system with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) considering a bus rapid transit (BRT) system to address congestion.
A team of transportation experts early this month completed a pre-feasibility study for a BRT system for the metropolis.
The technical working group, chaired by Transportation Undersecretary Anneli R. Lontoc, include representatives from the United States Agency for International Development, University of the Philippines’ National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) and nongovernmental group Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center.
The BRT system will be similar to the TransMilenio in Bogota, Colombia and TransJakarta in Jakarta, Indonesia, the groups said in a statement.
The BRT is a mass transportation system using buses that operate on exclusive lanes with features commonly found in rail systems: pre-boarding fare collection at stations, scheduled trips, and the use of intelligent transport systems such as global positioning system.
The project proponents will attempt to combine the advantages of a metro system (exclusive right-of-way improves punctuality and frequency) with the advantages of a bus system (low construction and maintenance costs).
And while the system approaches the service quality of rail transit, it still provides the cost savings of bus transit.
Last March at the signing of a Metro Manila Declaration for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation, Jose Regin F. Regidor, director of NCTS, had said BRT is "environmentally sustainable transport."
It needs to be mainstreamed and not remain as a mere alternative to the current situation, he added.
The group said it soon will undertake a full feasibility study of a public BRT system, which would consider how commercial buses fit into the system.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is currently implementing an organized bus route system for the metropolis’ 2,000 privately owned buses. BRT systems are widely used in the Latin Americas, the United States, Europe, Australia, and in Asian countries such as China, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia. — Maria Kristina C. Conti
Postscript: Wait a minute! I got a little too excited there and didn't notice the date on the article. It was four months ago.
Any one have any updated news?