Rama wants to complete BRT plan

Posted on November 3, 2012

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DESPITE his political difference with Rep. Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City’s south

district, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he’s determined to pursue completion of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the city.

“I believe in the BRT and I have been supporting it since I became a councilor in 1992,” he said. Rama said he’s looking for someone to head the BRT Technical Working Group (TWG).

Former councilor Nestor Archival resigned from the TWG last Oct. 10 shortly after he filed his candidacy as a north district candidate for Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK).

Archival headed the group since Rama became mayor in 2010.

The TWG is now conducting consultations with transport agencies and passenger jeepney drivers on the shortening and eventual abolition of some jeepney routes.

The affected routes cover the 16 kilometer route proposed for the BRT system from barangay Bulacao in the south to Talamban in the north district.

Until a replacement is named, Rama said Rafael Yap of the Cebu City Integrated Traffic Operations Management (Citom) will lead TWG discussions.

Yap said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is collating data to determine how many routes and drivers will be affected by the BRT project.

He said that said data will be made part of the social management plan which the BRT group will submit to the national government for inclusion in the documents to be submitted to the World Bank during the later part of the year.

“They (World Bank) needs to know how the impact of the BRT system will be mitigated,” said Yap. Citom and LTFRB initially identified 22 of the 90 jeeney routes in the city to be affected by the BRT project. /Chief of Reporters Doris C. Bongcac

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