Category : Press Release
Date : July 03, 2018
Agency : Department of Transportation
Title : DoTr to Implement an Integrated Transport System in Metro Cebu
Article : Clark, Pampanga — Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said that the DOTr will soon implement an Integrated Transportation System (ITS) that will synchronize various transportation solutions to address the worsening traffic congestion in Metro Cebu.
"There is no single solution to address transportation issues. It needs a basket of solutions, that is why we are pursuing the implementation of the Integrated Transportation System in Cebu in the next two years,” said Secretary Tugade.
After meeting last March, Tugade and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino met again on June 25, 2018, to discuss the components of the ITS, which will include a point-to-point (P2P) bus system similar to MyBus, which is already operational in the city; a monorail in Lapu-Lapu City; the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in three-lane roads; and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines from Carcar to Danao, and the Mandaue to Airport Line.
“The ITS was developed after due consideration of Metro Cebu’s road profile, and the fast-growing need of efficient mass transport systems in bigger, inter-connected cities. Habang papaunlad ang ating mga lungsod ay kailangan din nating tugunan ang pangangailangan para sa mas episyente na pampublikong transportasyon,” said Secretary Tugade.
Dino welcomes the DOTr’s efforts in addressing the transport woes in Metro Cebu, noting that the recent opening of the Mactan Cebu International Airport’s passenger terminal is expected to bring in more tourists to province.  “I fully support Secretary Tugade who sees the need to move fast in the aspect of traffic and transportation, now that Mactan Cebu International Airport has opened its PhP17.5-billion passenger terminal. We will soon feel the influx of tourists visiting Metro Cebu, which will greatly affect our mobility as a whole,” he said.
The ITS is the result of Secretary Tugade’s meeting last month with representatives of the World Bank. Before returning to Manila, he inspected the 23-kilometer route of the BRT, along with the World Bank representatives and local officials from the DOTr, National Economic Development Authority, Land Transportation Office, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.
Among the ITS components, Tugade sees the P2P bus system as the fastest to implement. “There’s already an established system which the DOTr sees its potential to complement with other mass transit systems. All we need to do is to add more units,” he said.
The Monorail, meanwhile, will become Mactan Island’s transport system, connecting Mactan Cebu International Airport to different hotels and resorts in the tourist island.
To cater to inter-city passengers, Secretary Tugade offered the LRT system as the major component of the ITS. It will traverse from the city of Carcar to Danao City. A Singaporean-Chinese and Filipino consortium has submitted a proposal to construct a US$3-billion LRT system with a subway component in Cebu City, an above ground component from Talisay to Carcar and from Mandaue to Danao, with an airport line from Mandaue to the MCIA complex.
“The LRT will become the main arterial backbone of Cebu’s mass transportation, with other ITS components as feeder lines serving internal peripheries,” Tugade said. He added the construction of the LRT will go beyond the first three ITS components, as it will take more years to build than the rest.
Meantime, Secretary Dino clarified that the BRT will only be allowed on three-lane roads. “It was a common agreement that BRT on narrow roads will fail. DOTr has identified the roads with three lanes in both directions where we can allow it to operate, as it will not be effective if we allow them to operate on already congested areas,” he said, adding that the BRT on narrow roads “may cause disaster” to other ITS components and existing transport systems.
The metro-wide mass transit program will converge in a Common Station. Passengers will be ushered to an inter-link terminal where connecting transit systems of all the components (bus-to-LRT, bus-to-BRT, or BRT-to-LRT) are located. The DOTr is studying two areas where the Common Station will be put up — one in a coastal district and the other in a city center.
Tugade targets to achieve partial operability of the ITS program in the next one and a half to two years. “Once implemented, Cebu will become beautiful and more livable. The ITS will encourage interoperability and interconnectivity of land, air, and sea transportation,” he said.
Aside from the ITS, the DOTr is also considering the construction of flared intersections, road widening, and intelligence signaling systems as “other basket of solutions” to traffic congestion in Metro Cebu.
Dino hailed the DOTr’s plans. “This is a one-in-a-million opportunity for the Cebuanos to embrace. We are thankful that DOTr Sec. Tugade burns his midnight candle in tracing out what Cebu really needs for its mass transportation and traffic problem, and I fully support him,” he said, adding the DOTr and OPAV will work closely so the ITS will happen in the next two years.