The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is all set for operations of a temporary terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) for Southern Luzon-bound provincial utility buses (PUBs).
MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos over the weekend said Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi offered the area for the temporary terminal.
The terminal located near Filinvest area in Alabang will be similar to the South West Integrated Provincial Terminal (SWIPT) in Parañaque City (Metro Manila).
The move came after Metro Manila mayors and MMDA officials and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) agreed not to allow PUBs to ply Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) to reduce the volume of vehicles using the thoroughfare.
Carlos said the PUBs that will still traverse Edsa on Wednesday will be considered out-of-line, thus, they will be apprehended by authorities.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said at least 556 out-of-line provincial buses will be affected by the measure in line with the rationalization of routes.
“These 556 buses recognized as out-of-line vehicles that traverse Epifanio de los Santos Avenue but they are now limited to Alabang,” Tolentino added.
LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez earlier proposed the setting up of a terminal in Market! Market! for the provincial buses.
But Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano immediately shot down the proposal, saying the area is not designed to be a terminal and it will only worsen traffic along C5 Road.
Earlier, the LTFRB issued a memorandum circular that laid down implementing guidelines on the conduct of the rationalization of provincial bus routes, particularly of buses plying routes between Metro Manila and provinces in Southern Luzon.
All 17 Metro Manila mayors had expressed disgust over the LTFRB not consulting them on the rationalization of provincial bus routes.