In a joint effort by the DOTr (Department of Transportation) and MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) to reduce the volume of traffic within the metro, the taskforce has planned for the closure of provincial bus terminals along EDSA. While preps and arrangements are underway, this will take in full effect by June.
So, where do commuters go if they want to head to the ’burbs or beyond? Well, if you’re headed to the usual spots like Bicol, Baguio, Baler, or Batangas, you’ll need to first go to a terminal located in the outskirts of Manila before you can board a bus heading for the provinces. The interim terminal for Southbound routes will be located in Santa Rosa, while the one for Northbound routes will be located in Valenzuela.
In a report on CNN’s New Day, Mark De Leon, Undersecretary for Road Transport, clarifies that this move seeks to decongest Manila roads. The concerned government units are doing what they can to ease the riding public through these changes. CNN’s Makoi Popioco shared images of the terminal on his feed, showing that the interim terminal in Valenzuela are ready to service commuters.
However, even before implementation, commuters have already been lodging their complaints. To address the concerns and provide ease in transition, city buses will be assigend to ply the routes from the city center to the interim terminals. The existing permits of city buses are currently being reviewed and updated to service passengers to and from these interim terminals and eventually to and from the permanent terminals. The permanent terminals will be in Taguig for Southbound routes and Bulacan for Northbound routes. The permanent terminals are national government projects and will take some time to complete.
What do you think, girls? Are you ready to make two-way stops to get to your travel destinations or to visit your fam in the provinces? Do you think this move will help ease traffic in the metro? Discuss.
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