Friday, November 2, 2018

Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a go - DOTR





An image of the proposed  Bus Rapid Transit system on Quezon Avenue / file photo from Inquirer (ctto)


Manila, Philippines – The Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line 1, a project worth P4.8 billion, which will be connecting Manila and Quezon City will push through, as it was made possible by the loan agreement with the World Bank loan to be signed before 2018 ends.

In September 14, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) showed documents that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) recommended Department of Finance (DOF) to sign the loan agreement.


Loan agreements

Along with it, the extension of the loan effectiveness deadline from the Washington-based multilateral lender was also requested.

Meanwhile, World Bank in letter on September 15, told the DOF that it allowed an extension, on exceptional basis, of the period to sign and establish loan agreements for the BRT project.

Reportedly, the World Bank targeted Dec. 18 this year as the latest date for loan effectiveness, Neda said. The earlier deadline to execute the loan agreements was last Sept. 16.

Last year, the World Bank approved a $64.6-million loan to build the first BRT system in Metro Manila.

A report from Inquirer said that World Bank, the Clean Technology Fund and the French aid agency Agence Française de Développement worth $89.5 million (P3.9 billion) will be combined to account for “the bulk of the total project cost 0f $109.4 million, with the remaining P870.6 million to be funded from the national budget.”

BRT means comfort for commuters

Neda, earlier stated, the BRT project “involves the provision of a mass transport system along the España-Quezon Avenue-Commonwealth Avenue corridor through high-capacity buses running on exclusive lanes.”

“It seeks to provide preferential journey times for public transport, as well as improve the level of service to the passenger while in vehicle, waiting for the vehicle, and making their way to and from the vehicle." Neda said*

"Through the conversion of largely sub-Euro vehicles to Euro IV, the project will also bring an unquantified reduction in emissions along the corridor with resultant improvement in local air quality. Further, there will be a total greenhouse gas emission saving of 6.21 million tons over 30 years, or an average of 207,000 tons per year,” it added

The World Bank said that this project would benefit around 300,000 commuters daily along Espana and Quezon Avenue, providing them with safe, reliable and comfortable rides.

The DOTR will implement the BRT line in coordination with the Manila and Quezon City local government.

Its operation is targeted to begin in 2022.

In a previous article published by Rappler dated September 19, 2018, it was said that there will be BRT line in Cebu as well.

Photo of Jakarta's BRT system, it is also the longest in the world / photo from Wikipedia


Source: Inquirer, Rappler