The infrastructure and facilities requirements of the BRT project will be funded through the allocation. It will include exclusive lanes for the bus as well as bus stations. The funding will also cover right of way acquisition costs as well as the detailed engineering design for the project, which is expected to be completed by 2018. Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting Co. Ltd of South Korea won the contract in providing the detailed engineering design and supervision of the construction of the BRT project in Cebu last April.
A total of 176 buses are included in the Cebu BRT. These buses will travel at around 26 km/h through 16 kilometers of exclusive lanes from Talamban all the way to Bulacao, Pardo, passing through the South Road Properties. The BRT system will have a total of 33 stations with one bus arriving at five-minute intervals. The buses will be operated by the private sector.
Around 330,000 passengers are expected to be served by the Cebu BRT project every day. Rep. Gullas Jr. is optimistic about the success of the project, which can help reduce the traffic problem in Metro Cebu.
The LRT system is expected to deal with future demand for public mass transport as the population of Metro Cebu continues to increase. Rep. Gullas indicated that it is essential to start planning as soon as possible since it will take some time to complete an LRT system.
Metro Cebu is the second-fastest growing urban center, next to Metro Manila. It is composed of the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Carcar and Naga along with the municipalities of Consolacion, Cordova, Compostela, Liloan, San Fernando and Minglanilla. Due to this, the Cebu BRT project and possible LRT system will be beneficial for the future development of Metro Cebu.