Davao City Eyes Bus Rapid Transit System

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Category: Transportation Posted: Sunday, November 7th, 2010

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A bus rapid transit system in Colombia

The city government of Davao has expressed its interest in building a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that would help ease the traffic condition of the city.

In the past, the city government is considering a light railway transportation (LRT) system that basically take the entire stretch of the city. The Davao LRT project is being proposed by the Japanese Conglomerate Group Marubeni way back in 2008.

The local government believes that a BRT system would be cheaper and economically viable to develop as compared to a light rail transit system.The city government would like to realize the project through the participation of private sector or through a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme. The expected investment for the bus rapid transit system is much lower as compared to a light rail transit system.

The proposal for the establishment of a BRT system in Davao is recommended under the Davao Integrated Development Program and submitted to the City Mayor’s Office.

A Bus Rapid Transit system utilizes buses that run on special lanes and pick up passengers from designated platforms. The BRT system has been a very efficient and cheaper mode of transportation in countries like Colombia and Brazil. BRT also offers safety, reliability, speed, and efficiency of rail transport systems with the comfort and flexibility of usual system of buses.

The city government would have to make some improvements to existing infrastructures like roads, signboards and as well as rescheduling the existing routes of other public vehicles if the project will push through.

Once this project is realized, Davao City will be one of the first to have its own BRT system in the country. Aside from Davao, the city of Cebu is also planning to build its own BRT system in the coming years.

12 Responses to “Davao City Eyes Bus Rapid Transit System”

  1. Roland Says:

    I am hoping that this proposal will push through. Davao today needs to have an efficient mass transit system.

    Looking forward for this project to realize soon…

  2. admin Says:

    I am looking forward too. This proposal is very timely.

  3. Julie Says:

    I am so thrilled with this project. I hope they will make it possible soon since we really need to improve on the traffic system in our city. What we have at the moment is not enough to sustain the increasing population especially with the rising economy and infrastructure.

  4. admin Says:


    Yep, that’s right! 🙂

  5. paul Says:

    It is wiser to have BRT system in Davao for the benefit of the people. And it will be easier for the tourist to go around the city just like in the developing countries which have very clear directional signages to go around the city without the fear of getting lost. It’s also friendly to the environment.

  6. joshua Says:

    It’s now time to have a BRT system in Davao City.

  7. ziodenz Says:

    How to go about the right of way (ROW) for the bus rapid transit (brt) system in Davao city? Countless public consultations will follow just to expropriate private lands, not to mention the design and planning stages including the implementation of efficient traffic management, thus, the project will not come too soon. but the Japanese saw it already, though more expensive as they say,the lrt system will just follow existing road center line alignments of our city and will avoid the problematic and oftentimes costly court litigation involving land issues, thus more achievable in a not so long duration.

  8. James Lee Says:

    Once this project is materialized, this will surely improve Davao’s image as an investment destination. Hope this project will push through.

  9. Glen Uy Says:

    I hope this project will push through. It’s about time for Davao city to upgrade our transport system. The existing PUJ mode of transport is getting dirty and very polluted already, not to count its very ill-disciplined drivers most of the time cutting your lane in the highways.

    I hope Davao will imitate that ever-effective BRT system of Singapore. When I was there, I was really admired its efficiency. It is very consistent, convenient and easy. I hope the government will take into account the use of CEPAS technology or Contactless e-Purse Application wherein it is using electromagnetic cards as a form of pass in riding and alighting from the vehicle. The government should also consider using a Distance Fare System, where you only pay for the distance covered in your trip.

    Let me give its advantages and benefits over our PUJ system:

    1. It’s “clean” though buses are diesel-engined but the emission capability of one bus is already equivalent to that of 3-4 PUJ’s not to count if it will be using the CEPAS system, you will not worry anymore of a worn out 20,50,100-peso bill you get from the driver or “konduktor” that have come in contact with a lot of dirty hands already during its circulation.
    2. It’s “faster” compared to our worn out PUJs who stops anywhere even on not for loading areas, BRT stops only at pre-designated platforms or we call it stations.
    3. It lessens traffic as one bus could already accommodate to that of 2-3 PUJ’s, therefore lessening the number of vehicles needed to run on the highway on such place on such time.
    4. It promotes discipline unlike to PUJs of hawking passengers to ride on their jeeps, spending countless energies in calling, yanking and even arguing at other drivers for just one passenger. BRT drivers will promote cooperation among them as they will not crowd on the highway with the same routes but they will leave the terminals at a certain time, thus giving time for other buses to ply at a latter time for the late passengers. passengers also will no longer run for their lives to take a seat like in PUJ’s but in buses, if there are no seats around, why not stand, especially if the distance you are plying is just near. You cannot stand in a PUJ anywhere else in the country. In this system, the bus will only stop at designated stations, thus passengers know where to cross on roads and crowd to ride on a bus.
    5. It’s more fuel efficient. For sure, a bus can take more passengers than a PUJ, ensuring carbon emission footmarks are minimized for every passenger. Compared to PUJ’s, they stop most of the time thus, more fuel is lost worthlessly. With this system, they stop only at stations, thus minimizing the times on pushing on the brakes and pulling on the the accelerators.

    These are just some of the many benefits of a BRT system. Like others are saying here, I can’t wait this to materialize here in our city. I hope the Duterte’s are reading this website…

  10. paterno s. padilla,jr. Says:

    It’s useless to discuss this so called BRT in Davao if the city gov’t is not serious about this. The city gov’t. would say this is not viable because of so many factors so no need to mention it.I t’s just a waste of money.

  11. kigols Says:

    Puro storya rani. Parehas sa samal bridge. Mga negosyante ra nakinabang. Dili na madayon tungod sa mga kapitalista nga naay kapit sa guberno. Ngano dili madayon? Uunahon man ang personal nga interest.

  12. doug Says:

    Yes, it is for sure needed in Davao especially to cut down the SERIOUS air pollution from all the jeepneys. It just isn’t fair to the rest of the world where many countries have taken huge steps to stop air pollution.

    Also what needs to be done in Davao to help fix the traffic issues is the locals need to be educated about what “LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN” actually means! Davao City is the only city in the country who do not know what the word YIELD means. Even the traffic enforcers have no idea what it means.

    Here is an article I came across that explains in perfect English what the word YIELD and LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN means.


    YIELD is a traffic sign which simply means “Give Way” or “Proceed with Caution”. YIELD signs are usually displayed on road intersections or when you are approaching a heavy traffic area.

    Although there is one traffic sign we use here in Davao which has the word “Yield” on it, and it is the sign posted beside the traffic lights on most of our heavy intersections – “LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN”. It is very helpful, but one thing I noticed is that nobody seems to know what “YIELD” means, and sad to say, our traffic enforcers do not have any clue of it whatsoever.

    Our heavy intersections are equipped with a green left-turn light, which allows left-turning traffic to make a legal left turn when it is on. After a few seconds, the green left-turn light becomes yellow, which should alert the left-turning vehicles to slow down and prepare to stop. After which, it turns into a red left-turn arrow or simply a red light, which of course means “Stop.” But everybody seems to be ignoring that the sign still says “LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN.” What does that mean? It simply means, “Left-turn (vehicles, must) Yield on green.” Simply put, if you are a left-turning vehicle, it is permissible for you to still make your left turn provided that the oncoming traffic is clear; oncoming traffic has the right of way since they have the solid green light.

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