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Thursday, August 28, 2014

MMDA, LTFRB fail to address Alabang South Station passenger woes

MANILA--Employees of the transportation departments involved in the opening of the South Station in Alabang are still at a loss for words when asked for a list of the buses which are assigned to use the new terminal.

Alabang South Station Terminal opening
Alabang South Station Terminal opening
Photo: PNA
Last week, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 556 buses from Bicol, Southern Luzon, and Visayas will use the Alabang Terminal.

On August 26, the LTFRB clarified that an 236 buses will use the South Station beginning 3 AM of August 27.

However, today, August 28, the offices still could not provide a list of the buses that will be dropping off passengers at the Alabang Terminal.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, employees of the MMDA said that their office is currently unable to provide the complete list.


"The list is still with the officials who are tagging the buses in Alabang," an employee of the MMDA said.

"There is still no landline in that station as it was just opened yesterday, so we cannot call them to ask for the list," the employee added.

Repeated attempts to contact the LTFRB and the DOTC have also proven futile.


Confusion

Meanwhile, commuters from the Bicol region, who have long been accustomed to using the Cubao Station, have expressed their confusion and irritation at what appears to be an ill-prepared execution of the transfer.

"Dapat sinigurado muna ninda na ayos na antes pig-implementar an arog kaning sistema, aram kan mga tawo kun arin an mga bus na duman na sa Alabang,(They should have ensured that before this system was implemented, the commuters know which buses are now assigned in Alabang.)" a frustrated commuter told BICOL STANDARD.

Another expressed her outrage at the added cost that the transfer of the terminal entails.

"Kaipuhan ko pa po magbiyahe hale sa Alabang pasiring sa Cubao. Dagdag gastos po ini. (I have to travel from Alabang to Cubao. This is an added expense for me," he explained.

"Kulang pong marhay an information dissemination ninda. Makaribong na maray. Kaherak mi man na mga pasahero, (The information dissemination is severely lacking. It is very confusing. I pity us passengers," another said.

Penalties

During the 'soft' opening of the South Station early Wednesday, the LTFRB said that the 236 buses that use the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) will have to exit via the Filinvest tollgate and head to the South Station. Then, from the South Station, the buses will enter the SLEx tollgate under the Alabang viaduct.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez also stressed that provincial buses that violate the memorandum circular will be apprehended for out-of-line operation.

They will be penalized under the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-04 against out-of-line violators.

Ginez said that under such order, the penalty will be a Php 1,000,000 fine, three months impoundment, and the cancellation of the franchise involved.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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