Integrated bus terminals in Metro Manila to push through

January 16, 2013 11:48 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 16, — The Dept. of Transportation and Communications Wednesday said the plan to build integrated bus terminals for provincial buses will push through in the metropolis.

DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya said they are eyeing at least three sites outside Manila.

Two sites: the reclamation area near Uniwide in Paranaque and another in Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) in Taguig are the possible places where they will build the terminal for buses from the south while the government is still studying whether they will choose Trinoma or the Veterans Medical Center in Quezon City as the site for buses from the north.

The new Mindanao exit of North Luzon Expressway will be the bus exit and entrance.

“The terminals will serve as connecting hub of provincial and city buses. We want this project a reality before the Aquino administration finally vows out of power in 2016,” Abaya told reporters.

He said that they will allow private sectors to come in to develop the area and later turn it into a world class passenger hub where the public can buy anything needed as pasalubong.

Bidding for the integrated bus terminals is expected in the first half of 2013.

“This is a big advantage to the government because there will be no cash out,” he pointed out as he emphasized that winning bidders could develop the area as one-stop-shop.

According to the secretary, these commercial areas “will also be source of revenues that would balance out revenue and cost of operation.”

EDSA can only accommodate 1,500 to 1,700 bus capacity, but data gathered by the Metro Manila Development Authority showed there are 3,732 buses which have legal franchise to operate. (PNA)

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