• Opening date set for integrated bus terminal

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    The southwest integrated bus terminal in Parañaque City will be opened on August 6, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday said.

    MMDA Organized Bus Route Director Mila Silvestre said that the terminal located at the Uniwide Reclamation Area would decongest the 23.8-kilometer long Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).

    She said that the terminal could handle about 955 passenger buses plying the provinces of Cavite and Batangas daily, as well as 326 utility vehicles set to transport passengers to their destinations in the metropolis upon disembarking from their buses.

    Besides decongesting EDSA, Silvestre said, the integrated bus terminal would also address the problem of “colorum” or “out-of-line” vehicles plying EDSA, the metropolis’ prime thoroughfare used by about 325,000 public and private vehicles daily.

    “We are very sure that the integrated bus terminal will weed out colorum or out-of-line buses because it has Bus Management Dispatch System,” she added.

    The bus management dispatch scheme, Silvestre explained, features a biometric-based system in which drivers are subjected to fingerprint scanning for verification before they are allowed to ply their route.

    The verification draws from a databank on which the Cavite and Batangas-bound buses that will use the facility have been registered to weed out colorum buses as well as identify drivers who are recidivist traffic violators.

    For her part, MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez said that the southwest integrated bus terminal is one of the four integrated facilities planned to be set up on the fringes of Metro Manila to ease traffic on its roadways.

    “This is just one of the terminals and President Aquino has already issued an Administrative Order for its construction,” Jimenez added.

    Under Administrative Order 40 issued by Malacañang last Thursday, the said integrated transport terminals will be located at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, the Uniwide Reclamation Area and Filinvest in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

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