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MMDA TO REMOVE ALL EDSA PROVINCIAL BUS TERMINALS BY JANUARY – GARCIA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is seeking to remove all provincial bus terminals along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) by January next year, citing their contribution to the worsening traffic congestion along the highway.

“May directive sa amin ang Pangulo that provincial bus terminals along Edsa be closed down. Remove anything that obstructs traffic along Edsa didiretso yan at bibilis (The President has given a directive that provincial bus terminals along Edsa be closed. Remove anything that obstructs traffic along Edsa, so it will be smooth-flowing and faster),” MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. said.

“We will remove anything that obstructs traffic along Edsa, so it will be smooth-flowing and faster.”

The MMDA is coordinating with officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and other transportation sector stakeholders on the planned removal of provincial bus terminals along Edsa.

“Ang target namin is January talaga. I hope na aksyunan nila agad. I talked with DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Mark de Leon and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III. We must also talk with NLEX and SLEX. I’m already giving pressure to them. Sabi ko nga: Let’s do this (Our target is really on January. I hope they decide on this. I’m already giving pressure to them. I told them: Let’s do this),” Garcia explained.

The MMDA is looking at creating integrated terminals in Valenzuela City and Sta. Rosa, Laguna that will accommodate buses coming from the northern and southern provinces near Metro Manila.

The MMDA also lauded the DOTr for its inauguration of the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the country’s first integrated and multimodal terminal.

Dubbed as the country’s first “landport,” the PITX serves as a transfer point for passengers alighting from provincial buses from Cavite and Batangas and transferring to in-city transportation bound for Metro Manila’s southwest, and vice versa.

The terminal is expected to reduce the number of provincial buses plying Metro Manila, specifically along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, and the Edsa-Taft area, and will provide connectivity between different transport modes and services, allowing efficient and seamless travel for the riding public.

The PITX has a maximum daily capacity of 100,000 passengers, housing departure, arrival, and bay areas for provincial and city buses, UV express and jeepneys, and parking slots.

Park-ride facilities and maintenance areas for vehicle repair are also available. No terminal fees will be collected from passengers.

There are currently 46 bus terminals along Edsa, according to the MMDA.

“There are currently 46 bus terminals along Edsa.”

 

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