Winnie Castelo tries commuting in China
In Guangzhou, one can ride the bus and have enough personal space.
Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo recently flew to Guangzhou, China to study the city’s mass transit system, with the hope of copying these in Manila. Castelo, who chairs the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, personally tried to take the Chinese bus rapid transit, which amazed him as the vehicles arrive on schedule at every stop.
He said this would be a better solution than building more trains, as it takes less time and money to make. Castelo also wanted to bring bike lanes to major roads like how it was abroad.
Will this work here? What do you think?
Inspecting the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Guangzhou. It provides dedicated lanes for buses to be dispatched according to need and arrival is accurately timed. Congress is inclined to fund it in Quezon Avenue, EDSA and C5. BRT is ten times cheaper than railways and faster to construct. It can transport 80k commuters daily and is a bright hope to end Metro traffic woes #BusRapidTransit #worldclass
The Bus Rapid Transit we saw in Guangzhou allowed us to see how can maximize the use of roads. A lane for bicycles 🚴 were provided. Two lanes each were used for buses 🚌 and private cars 🚗. A generous space were left for walking. Since buses are only allowed in their lanes located near the center island, swerving and indiscriminate stops are prevented. This is a bright hope to end traffic in Metro Manila. Congress is inclined to fund it for EDSA, Quezon Ave and C5 under the "Build,Build,Build" program of President Duterte. #BusRapidTransit #worldclass
Bikeways can now be accommodated under the Bus Rapid Transit system. The BRT corridor requires only two lanes enabling a wider sidewalk and a bikeway. We expect people to leave their cars at home and enjoy this new mode of transportation system which is faster and more convenient #BusRapidTransit #worldclass #tranportation