• Southwest bus terminal improvements completed next week

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    Improvements to the Southwest Integrated Provincial Terminal in Pasay City will be completed next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Friday.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they were continuously addressing all concerns with regards to the operations of the terminal.

    Tolentino said he had sat down with some bus operators at the MMDA office to discuss their grievances.

    “Everyone of us is adjusting, that’s why we have to sit down and resolve the problems without resorting to mass actions, which is a violation of the bus companies’ certificate of public convenience,” he said.

    Among the improvements are the covered walkway from Roxas Boulevard/Coastal Road footbridge, the walkway from the terminal to the adjacent city bus terminal, taxi bay at the terminal exit along MIA Road, and the widening of the SWIPT’s MIA Road exit towards Coastal Road to serve as exclusive lane for Cavite-bound buses.

    The MMDA will also complete the installation of exhaust fans, drinking fountains, free movies, and occasional concerts inside terminal.

    Tolentino said more loading/unloading bays, construction of Terminal 2 near the staging area for buses plying Aguinaldo Highway, and a separate dispatch system for air-conditioned and ordinary buses will also be completed.

    For the faster turnaround of buses at the terminal, bus drivers will be required to undergo fingerprint scanning only once per day, instead of every trip.

    Tolentino said this will address the long queues at terminal’s dispatch office where the drivers have to secure a dispatch slip.

    “The faster they load passengers and leave the terminal, the more trips they will be making per day which means higher earnings for them,” he added.

    Tolentino also encouraged transport cooperatives to put up canteens or food stalls at the terminal for free.

    “Everybody needs to cooperate to have an orderly and disciplined public transport system for the benefit of the riding public,” he said.

    Several bus drivers in Cavite stopped using the terminal early this week to protest the lack of facilities.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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