Solons seek explanation on discontinued bus rapid transit project

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 06 2018 04:21 PM

MANILA- Lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Department of Transportation to explain why it discontinued the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

This, after the transportation department decided to withdraw the project in three areas namely:

1. The 12.3-km Metro Manila BRT- Line 1 from Quezon Memorial Circle to Manila City Hall via Elliptical road, Quezon Avenue and España Boulevard worth P4.8 billion

2. The Metro Manila - Line 2 (Central Corridor) or EDSA BRT worth P37.8 billion

3. The 23-km Cebu Bus Rapid Transit from Bulacao-Ayala-Talamban worth P10.6 billion

Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo and Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon asked the leadership of the DOTr to submit the study which became the basis for the withdrawal of the projects.

Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando meanwhile urged the DOTr to continue the project.

The BRT was part of the DoTr's proposed projects to ease congestion in the metro.

It was initially described by the department as "a high quality, bus-based system that has the quality of rail."