Davao Mulls Rapid Bus System

Subscribe Now September 27, 2010 at 11:30pm

The city government here is keen on considering private investments that would develop a massive shuttle transit and ditched its earlier plan to establish a light railway transportation (LRT) system, a move that is expected to save millions of pesos worth of investments but maintaining the goal to devise an efficient public transportation in the region. Jason C. Magnaye, Davao City Investments and Promotion Center (DCIPC) officer-in-charge, disclosed this development over the weekend during the presentation of the 2010 Investment Priorities Plan of the Board of Investments (BoI) here.

Magnaye said the local government is seriously considering a private sector investment in adopting the bus rapid transport (BRT) system “as a cheaper alternative to the light rail transit that we have all been hearing about for several years now.”

“The specific prescription on the modes of transport infrastructure such as mass rail transit may possibly limit other modes available that can be more affordable and economically viable given the limited resources available,” he explained.

The DCIPC acts as the technical secretariat of the City Planning and Development Office of the city government here that implements the policies and guidelines, and performs duties related to infrastructure and investments in this city.

Speaking before private investors and several local government chief executives in Davao Region, Magnaye explained that the BRT system would make use of buses in providing a faster and efficient service than ordinary bus lines.

By making an efficient bus transit, he said the city government would make improvements to existing infrastructures as well as rescheduling the existing routes of other public vehicles.

Source: mb.com.ph



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