Cagayan de Oro City has been identified as one of potential sites for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project implementation according to the proposal under a World Bank-funded feasibility study.

Initially, the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Investment Plan will fund investments proposed for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in Metro Manila and Cebu. BRT systems—mass transit systems which mimic metro or light rail transit but with buses rather than rail vehicles—are among the most cost effective public transport systems in the world. As such, BRT combines the reliability of rail and the versatility of conventional bus systems at a fraction of the cost of rail. BRT is being targeted primarily because of the economic development benefits, particularly for the poor, are substantial.

According to the report, BRT projects have high replication potential in the Philippines as there is low technology risk and substantial demand and private sector interest. They are expected to have significant development impacts in terms of environmental benefits, reduced traffic congestion, improved traffic safety, potential reduction in travel times, and transport cost savings accruing to end users. The magnitude of the benefits and their share to low income groups will be significantly higher when BRTs are well integrated with public transport systems. Complementary facilities for private vehicle parking and non-motorized transport enhance the potential to attract private transport users to the BRT lines for daily commuting.

The proposed investment in Manila and Cebu could lead to more BRTs in the country including Cagayan de Oro City. Below are actual photos of the BRT system in Beijing, China.

To download the CTF Investment Plan for the Philippines, “right click and save as” HERE.

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