The chief of staff of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday announced that they will shut down 10 bus terminals along Edsa for violating the “nose-in, nose-out” policy and other traffic infractions.
The policy, according to Jojo Garcia, orders transport buses to go in and out of the terminal by their noses in order to avoid impeding traffic flow in the passing lanes.
The 10 bus terminals are DLTB Bus, Lucena Lines, Raymond Transportation, Saint Rafael Transport Lines, Our Lady of Salvacion Bus Line, JAM Liner, Superlines Transport, Victory Liner, Dimple Star Transport and Roro Bus Transport.
The MMDA and the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Quezon City government will also close bus terminals without permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.
Garcia said the terminals can work with the MMDA and other cooperating agencies to remodel their terminals in compliance with the nose-in, nose-out policy.
According to the MMDA chief of staff, this will not affect commuters because transport buses are still allowed to hit the road despite their respective terminals’ closures.
Meanwhile, three bus companies have been granted special permits for the construction and operation of bus terminals in Quezon City.
In three separate resolutions filed by a city councilor, Safeway Bus Line Inc., Fran-Vill Transit Inc. and Diamond V Eight Transport Inc. were granted concessions.
Safeway Bus Line applied for two permits for a garage, an office with motor pool and another bus garage at Barangay Kaligayahan.
Diamond V Eight Transport Inc. and Fran Vill Transit Inc. were also granted permits for the construction of a garage in Barangay Santa Monica.
The city council said they do not see adverse effects to public health, safety and welfare because of the construction and operation of the facilities.
The issuance of permits is in compliance with the city’s ordinance on comprehensive zoning.
with JOVILAND RITA