DOTC eyes 3 sites for north transport hub

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking at three possible locations for its North Integrated Transport System (North ITS) project in Metro Manila.

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The places under consideration are the Philippine National Railways site in Caloocan, the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and the former Seedling Bank site along Quezon Avenue and EDSA, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told reporters on Monday.

The DOTC is currently holding talks with Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City for the development of the former Manila Seedling Bank into a transport hub.

The ITS will have integrated transport terminals to help provide commuters a seamless transfer between different modes of transport, the DOTC said.

The DOTC is also eyeing two other ITS projects for Metro Manila to be located on the outskirts of the metropolis to serve commuters traveling between that district and the provinces in Southern Luzon.

All three ITS projects are expected to cost a combined P7.70 billion.|

As envisioned by the DOTC, the ITS projects will include passenger terminal buildings, emergency maintenance areas where minor repairs of buses and other vehicles can be one, arrival and departure bays, ticketing facilities, park-ride facilities and transfer facilities.

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