“It’s not correct to say that we approve of the BRT plan as it is,” said MLC head convenor Marc Canton.
The group said they oppose the BRT’s proposed route that will run through e Osmeña Boulevard, which “is the only ceremonial street in Cebu City” and suggest it passes through V. Rama Avenue instead.
“If you block the vista of the Capitol, you totally change the look of Osmeña Boulevard. For Cebuanos, I think, Osmeña Boulevard and Fuente Osmeña should not be touched,” said Louella Alix of MLC.
“There are other streets in the city that can be used for the BRT.”
A feasiability study by the Asian Development Bank is exploring a BRT which uses elevated platforms and dedicated bus lanes like the system in Curatiba, Brazil.
Canton said they “had a lot of questions” during their March 15 meeting with BRT proponents.
MLC convenor Joel Lee also said there are more residences in V. Rama Avenue than Osmeña Boulevard which naturally translates to more commuters.
Canton said he fears that if the BRT passes through Osmeña Boulevard, it would result in the construction of a flyover or skywalk in front of the Provincial Capitol which would destroy its historic and aesthetic value. /Correspondent Jessa CMJ Agua