The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has given provincial bus operators only two months to vacate their terminals located along EDSA in order to reduce vehicular congestion in Metro Manila.
According to MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr., they have been given an order by the President to close down anything and everything that contributes to the traffic along EDSA by January 2019.
“May directive sa amin ang Pangulo that provincial bus terminals along EDSA be closed down. Remove anything that obstructs traffic along EDSA sa didiretso yan at bibilis [The President has given us a directive to close down all provincial bus terminals along EDSA. Remove anything that obstructs traffic along EDSA and see (traffic) go straight and faster],” said General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr.
The agency is currently coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and other stakeholders of the transportation sector in order to facilitate the removal of all provincial bus terminals along EDSA.
“Ang target namin is January talaga. I hope na aksyunan nila agad. I talked with DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Mark de Leon and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III. We must also talk with NLEX and SLEX. I’m already giving pressure to them. Sabi ko nga: Let’s do this [Our target is really January. I hope they take immediate action. I already spoke to DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Mark de Leon and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III. We must also talk with NLEX and SLEX. I’m already giving pressure to them. I told them: Let’s do this],” Garcia said.
Installation of integrated terminals for these displaced provincial buses will be in Valenzuela City for northbound buses and Santa Rosa, Laguna for southbound buses.