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Dino assures Cebu officials planned inter-modal transport system ‘will really happen’

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THE FREEMAN

THE CONTROVERSIAL and long-planned light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems will definitely be implemented in Cebu under the Integrated Inter-Modal Transport System (IITS), according to Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd L. Dino. In a dialogue last week with the incoming local government officials of Cebu City and province, Mr. Dino disclosed that the LRT, for example, already has an unsolicited proposal that was granted original proponent status. “It will really happen. This is not just talks. In fact, there’s a company that was given original proponent status of DOTr (Department of Transportation),” Mr. Dino said, adding that the documents are now under review by the National Economic and Development Authority. The IITS includes a point-to-point (P2P) bus system, monorail in Lapu-Lapu City, BRT on three-lane roads, LRT from Carcar to Danao and Mandaue to the Mactan airport, and an Intelligent Transportation System. Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn F. Garcia, the governor-elect of the province, expressed support to the IITS. “An integrated inter-modal transport system is, I believe, the most expansive and holistic solution to this traffic problem we are now experiencing. Such system should take into consideration the other LGUs (local government units) beyond Cebu City,” Ms. Garcia said. — The Freeman

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