HPBS will include a fleet of electric buses
Screenshot of Mayor Sara Dutere-Carpio Soca
DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the electric buses will be part of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) bus fleet.
“In the coming months, we plan to proceed with the tender for the other components of the project, including for 1,000 units for the bus fleets which includes at least 300 18-meter electric buses,” said Duterte-Carpio on Thursday 17 March. , 2022, during his State of the City Address (Soca).
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) pre-tender conference presentation, the deposit for electric buses is included in HPBS Contract 4. Its depot will be at Sasa to the north and St. Nino to the south.
Details of the entire contract were to be released no later than December 2021, but as of March 17, 2022, it had yet to be posted on the DOTr website.
DOTr’s presentation also showed that the electric buses will serve routes primarily in the city’s central business district.
Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio said the city is working closely with DOTr on the HPBS project.
“We are working with the Ministry of Transport and have just received bids for the civil works contract for the construction of the terminals and depots,” she said.
Recently, the DOTr issued a call for tenders for the acquisition of contract packages 1, 2 and 3 (contracts for the design and construction of depots, terminals, improvements and on-road infrastructure) for the project Davao Public Transportation Modernization (DPTMP), also known as the Davao High Priority Bus (HPBS) project.
Package 1 includes Buhangin Depot, Calinan Depot and Calinan Driving School; Lot 2 of the contract includes construction of Toril Depot and Terminal, Bunawan Terminal and Calinan Terminal; and Contract Package 3 covers civil works along bus lines, including bus stops, bus lanes and other pedestrian improvement works.
According to General Bid Bulletin 7 published on the DOTr website on January 17, 2022, the deadline for submitting bids for contract packages 1, 2 and 3 was February 10, 2022, while the deadline for submitting clarifications written was January. 20, 2022.
The mayor also said “loan processing for the high-priority bus system is ongoing.”
Based on DOTr’s pre-submission conference presentation, which was uploaded to its website on January 14, 2022, the HPBS aims to provide “an efficient and affordable mode of transportation in the city.”
The HPBS comprises 29 roads with a total road network of 672 kilometers. It will be served by a combination of diesel and electric bus fleets.
Besides purchasing buses and submitting contracts, the city has also made other preparations for the HPBS.
“As preliminary preparation for the implementation of HBPS, we rolled out two routes for interim bus service last year with 20 buses currently serving the equestrian public,” the mayor said.
These routes are the Catalunan Grande route and the CP Garcia Highway route.