The southwest integrated bus terminal in Parañaque City will open on August 6, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Sunday.
MMDA Organized Bus Route Director Mila Silvestre said the terminal, located at the Uniwide Reclamation Area, will help decongest the 23.8-kilometer long EDSA.
Silvestre said the terminal can handle about 955 buses from Cavite and Batangas daily, as well as 326 utility vehicles (AUVs, PUJs and taxicabs) to ferry passengers to their destination in the metropolis upon disembarking from their buses.
She said the terminal will also address the problem of “colorum” or out-of-line vehicles plying EDSA, the metropolis’ busiest highway where about 325,000 vehicles pass everyday.
“We are very sure that the integrated bus terminal will weed out colorum or out-of-line buses because it has the Bus Management Dispatch System,” she said.
The bus management dispatch scheme features a biometric-based system in which the drivers go through fingerprint scanning before they are allowed on the road.
The system’s databank makes sure that only authorized buses from Cavite and Batangas can use the facility. It also identifies drivers who are recidivist traffic violators.
MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez said similar integrated bus terminals will be set up on the fringes of Metro Manila.
“This is just one of the terminals and President Aquino has already issued an Administrative Order for its construction,” Jimenez said.
The other terminals will be at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, the Uniwide Reclamation Area and Filinvest in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO