DOTr: Construction of MCIITS Mimicking BRT to Start in March 2020

Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) confirmed to the media that the construction of a sub-component of the Metro Cebu Integrated Intermodal ransport System (MCIITS) is expected to start during the first quarter of 2020.


The DOTr head said in an interview with the press that they will start the implementation of the Interim Bus Service System (IBS) this March 15, 2020.



The Interim Bus Service "will provide the trunk service between now and the time the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) becomes operational," according to the statement released by the DOTr.

Sec. Tugade was also quoted saying "This interim bus augmentation program will be in place on the places where there is partial operability – from Fuente Osmeña going to the southern part (of Cebu City). We will do that by March 15 of this year," Tugade said.

The IBS are the same as those belonging to the BRT according to Tugade. He also said that the technical working group assigned on the MCIITS is now trying to determine the number of buses that are needed for this subcomponent.

The DOTr also said that "ahead of the partial operability of (the) BRT in December 2021, an interim bus system that will mimic the proposed BRT will be implemented in 2020 to help address traffic congestion in the city," the DOTr said.



MCIITS is a project of the DOTr that is aimed to help alleviate Cebu’s worsening traffic conditions. Aside from the BRT, its other components include a cable car and a monorail, the latter tagged as “the backbone of Metro Cebu’s transport system.”

The roughly P17-billion BRT, a brainchild of former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, will serve as a feeder line for the monorail component.

Secretary Art Tugade also said that the DOTr is also committed to fast-track implementation of the cable car component of MCIITS, which will ferry passengers to, from the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and downtown Cebu City.

Source: PNA / CDN

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