What’s good for Cebu: BRT, LRT or Both?

Like garbage or solid waste, traffic congestion becomes major by-product of Cebu’s urbanization. One of Metro Cebu’s major challenge is how to address the worsening traffic congestion. One good option is to have a mass transport system within the metropolitan area.

Metro Cebu’s traffic demand will continue to experience rapid growth of over three percent towards the next century, says the case study Metropolitan Cebu: The Challenge of Definition and Management by Ruben Mercado of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Several other studies recommend the need for a mass transport system in Metro Cebu. But the kind of mass transport system Cebu needs is currently discussed.

Mass transport system is almost synonymous to Light Rail Transit (LRT) or the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). The LRT/MRT system is suggested for Metro Cebu. Cebuanos, upon hearing this, get so excited until the cost of constructing and maintaining it was revealed.

Cebu  City Mayor Tomas Osmena, has been suggesting and pushing Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT). Obviously, Mayor Tommy’s mind is already nailed to BRT although several studies are yet to be done.

There is unsolicited proposal for Cebu Light Rail Transit (LRT) pushed by most of Metro Cebu chief executives and the DOTC. It seems Cebu LRT is coming too close not until Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena announced that he still wait until the studies of BRT are done before he can give a stand (recommendation) to LRT project.

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A glimpse at AboitizLand communities

During the first One Cebu Business Summit, businessmen highlighted Cebu’s resiliency in coping with recent global financial crisis.

Cebu is slightly affected to global financial crisis. But to some, Cebu has never felt it. Without figures at hand, one can just go sight-seeing all over Cebu and he will see how bullish construction and real estate developments are. Except for retrenchment of few export-oriented companies, Cebu’s economy remain strong and post continuous growth. Real estate developers continue to build condominiums, BPO buildings, houses. The demand of commercial spaces continue to escalate and the sales of properties remain high – a strong indicator of healthy economy.

The booming real estate development in Cebu is indeed a reason for us to get excited and be more optimistic!

Recently, AboitizLand invited members of Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) for a one-day tour to AboitizLand communities. AbotizLand development projects span from industrial, residential, commercial, to sports and leisure.

Our itinerary includes Molave Highlands, Mahogany Grove, and North Town. I noticed there was one thing these communities have in common – the greens and serene environment.

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