Aside from easing road congestion, the Southwest Interim Transport Terminal (SITT) in Parañaque City will eventually help reduce air pollution along Metro Manila’s roads, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said Sunday.
The terminal “could help reduce air pollution along EDSA, especially in areas where they have existing terminals today like EDSA-Taft in Pasay, which is the most polluted place in the country,” Tolentino said, citing a study of the Department of the Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).
The DENR recorded 257 micrograms per normal cubic meter of the total suspended particulates (TSP) or the amount of dust and other particulates in the air around EDSA-Taft.
He said air pollution will be lessened since all Cavite and Batangas-bound buses will no longer be allowed in the roads beyond the terminal located at the Uniwide reclamation area once it formally opens on August 6.
Tolentino said with the fewer buses on EDSA and other roadways, travel speed will improve, resulting to reduction in pollution level.
“If you increase the travel speed from 15 kilometers per hour to 30 kilometers per hour this is equivalent to a 40 percent reduction in air pollution,” said Tolentino said, adding that at present, the average travel speed along EDSA is 15 kph.
The SITT can accommodate at least 955 buses and 326 other utility vehicles.
Two other termninals—one near the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City and at the Filinvest area in Alabang—would also be put up.
The MMDA also maintained that the facilities, which are equipped with biometric technology to check the identities of bus drivers, will put an end to colorum buses.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO