MMDA, DOTC, LTFRB mull relocation of provincial bus terminals along EDSA

MANILA — To ease traffic congestion on the 23.8-kilometer EDSA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Department of Transportation and Communications have been discussing plans to relocate provincial bus terminals along the major thoroughfare.

In a meeting recently held at the agency’s headquarters in Makati City, Atty. Crisanto Saruca, MMDA traffic discipline head, said that they have tackled measures in addressing the traffic congestion along the major road.

He said traffic flow will improve if the bus terminals will be relocated near Metro Manila since provincial buses will no longer enter Metro Manila to load and unload passengers.

He did not cite any specific location where the buses will be relocated.

In 2010, then MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino proposed that some provincial bus terminals on EDSA, such as the Cubao terminal in Quezon City, be moved to Caloocan City.

Based on MMDA records, there are 85 provincial bus companies situated in Metro Manila.

Of the 85 provincial bus companies, 46 firms have terminals on EDSA, particularly in Cubao, Balintawak, and Taft Ave.

Around 3,300 provincial buses and 12,000 city buses pass through EDSA daily.

In 2013, former President Benigno Aquino III signed Administrative Order No. 40, establishing transport terminals in the north and south of the metropolis to decongest EDSA and restrict provincial buses from entering the major thoroughfare.

Under the order, three terminals should be constructed – the North Interim Transport Terminal for provincial buses originating from north of Metro Manila entering via the North Luzon Expressway, MacArthur Highway, Mindanao Ave., Quirino Ave., and Commonwealth Ave.; South Interim Transport Terminal for provincial buses originating from south of Metro Manila entering via the South Luzon Expressway; and the Southwest Interim Transport for provincial buses originating from south of Metro Manila entering via Coastal Road and the Manila Cavite Expressway.

In 2014, the MMDA and DOTC put up a temporary terminal in Alabang for 556 buses from southern Luzon which does not have proper terminals in Metro Manila and in 2013 on Coastal Road in Parañaque City for about 1,000 buses from Cavite and Batangas. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/