• MMDA starts fixing up 5 Pasig ferry terminals

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    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started rehabilitating the terminal facilities that will be used once the Pasig River Ferry system reopens in April.

    Emma Quiambao, director of the MMDA’s Sewerage Management Office (SMO), said some of the terminals “have already deteriorated and neglected after its operations stopped.”

    The terminals are in Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City, Guadalupe in Makati City, Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, and Plaza Mexico and Escolta in Manila.

    Quiambao said the MMDA has also started dredging the river near the terminals.

    The agency has also coordinated with the power and water utility firms  to bring back the supply of electricity and water in the terminals.

    Quiambao is confident the ferry will be patronized by the commuting public because it is the best way to avoid heavy traffic in Metro Manila due to the government’s numerous road projects.

    So far, four private companies are interested to operate the ferry.

    A committee consisting of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and MMDA has been formed to conduct the bidding for the ferry and to come up with a fare matrix, among others.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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    1. How about MMDA adding more ferries with fixed schedules of stops posted so the commuters will be better informed. It’s not going to make a dent on the traffic congestion in Manila if MMDA would operate just one or two ferries. MMDA should get bigger capacity and better looking ferries, similar to Star Ferry of Hong Kong, with air-conditioning and safety equipment. The pathetic-looking contraption it started operating – an old yellow mini-bus placed on an old barge, is so decrepit-looking it would not elicit much enthusiasm from would be passengers.

      Likewise, while MMDA is getting the ferry terminals renovated, could it provide washrooms and adequate seats for waiting passengers?