• 3 bus terminal projects seen to unclog Metro traffic

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    METRO Manila’s roads are expected to be unclogged once the three “intermodal” bus terminals are completed by 2019, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Thursday.

    Anneli Lontoc, DOTr Undersecretary for roads and infrastructure, said the agency is expected to finish the Southwest terminal in Parañaque City and the South terminal in Taguig City by 2018 and the North terminal in Quezon City by 2019.

    The Southwest terminal, which will be constructed on a vacant lot near an abandoned mall were the current southwest terminal is located, will be used by provincial buses coming from Cavite, Batangas and other provinces in the south. The South terminal, to be built at the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI), will be used by provincial buses operating in southern Luzon.

    Megawide Construction Corp. has started work on the southwest intermodal terminal.

    “If the project will not encounter any problems, we can start operations by 2019,” Lontoc told the members of the Senate public services committee headed by Sen. Grace Poe.

    Every day, 8,640 provincial buses enter Metro Manila, adding to the daily vehicular congestion because they pick up and drop off passengers on the road.

    Lontoc said the only problem that they foresee during the construction stage of the projects is the opposition of some groups or stakeholders.

    During the hearing, Elvira Medina, president of the National Center for Commuter Safety and Protection, claimed that they were never consulted by the former leadership of the DOTr on the Southwest terminal projects awarded to Megawide despite the fact that commuters and bus operators have the biggest concerns over the terminal.

    But Lontoc said Transportation officials are open to meeting all stakeholders during the implementation of the project.

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