Hounded by complaints from commuters and bus operators, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday vowed to introduce more improvements in its integrated bus terminal in Parañaque City this week.
Among the improvements is allowing provincial buses to unload right in front of the loading bays for city buses, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said.
The MMDA last week also allowed two city buses at a time to park at the terminal bay for provincial routes to for the convenience of the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Tolentino said that more amenities will be installed including waiting sheds at the foot of the overpass in front of the 1.4-hectare Southwest Interim Transport Terminal (SITT).
“On Tuesday, we will install water fountains in the terminal so that our commuters can drink cold water for free,” he added.
Another amenity that the MMDA is planning to put up in the bus terminal is the shower room, which can be used for free by commuters who wanted to refresh after a long travel.
In defending the facility, Tolentino said these amenities are for the convenience of the riding public which cannot be seen anywhere in Edsa-Taft.
The MMDA chief maintained that services in the SITT have been improving since its formal opening last August 6 which resulted to more bus trips and lessened traffic congestion.
“The facility allows buses to make as many as four to five round trips daily compared to the previous three because of shorter travel time, lesser fuel consumption and quicker turn-around,” he added.
Tolentino earlier said the MMDA is looking at expanding the terminal by using a one-hectare lot owned by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) beside the Coastal Mall to serve as staging or dispatching area for buses.
Commuters and bus operators have complained that the SITT is overcrowded.
While saying that the MMDA is open to suggestions to better improve the terminal, Tolentino also appealed to critics to give them more time to further improve the facility adding that what they are doing is a work in progress.
“People are asking for upgrading, for improvements. These amenities could not be find anywhere in Metro Manila and we will be introducing more improvements in the facility,” he added.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO