In an interview, Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, offered assistance in the tagging of stickers on 556 provincial buses with the cooperation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). who will provide a list of registered bus operators
“Para maidentify yung mga provincial buses na dapat hanggang Alabang na lang, stickers will be placed on each of the buses. Initially 200 buses muna hanggang macomplete namin ung 556 buses (To identify the provincial buses limit to Alabang stickers will be placed on each of the buses. Initially 200 bues will be tag then it will complete the 556 buses),” he explained adding that only those registered and franchised buses will be allowed to drop and pick-up passengers at the terminal
”The move is also intended to track down colorum provincial buses, and with tagging system that colorum buses cannot enter the terminal while if buses go beyond in the route it will considered out of line,” said Carlos.
Apart from tagging, Carlos said the MMDA will also help in the traffic management to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the area.
Compared to the Southwest Interim Provincial Terminal for Cavite and Batangas bound buses managed by the MMDA at Parañaque City, the South Station terminal will be operated by the local government of Muntinlupa City, said Carlos.
The 556 provincial buses coming from the Southern Luzon, Bicol and Visayas will be accommodated in the South Station terminal.
The terminal was formerly scheduled to open last Wednesday but due to lack of preparation of the involved government agencies, it was postponed.
Muntinlupa City Mayor Jimmy Fresnedi earlier gave a go signal to the concerned government agencies to implement the new traffic scheme for provincial buses in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The local chief executive said that only buses with temporary stickers from MMDA and LTFRB will be allowed to unload and load passengers in the South Station Terminal.
He added that this plan hopes to bust colorum buses traveling beyond its registered route.
Meanwhile, the 556 provincial buses with stickers traveling from expressway will detour to the Filinvest exit going to the temporary terminal in South Station instead of taking the Alabang Viaduct exit.
He said with this new traffic plan develops, the local government of Muntinlupa will monitor the effect in its traffic for a month. Withdrawal from this management plan depends on the result to Muntinlupa’s traffic.
However, Fresnedi hopes this provisional transport scheme will go well for the city to contribute in solving the traffic problem in EDSA.
The South Transport Terminal was Muntinlupa's contribution to MMDA's request in addressing traffic management in EDSA and to its all-out-war in colorum buses. The new routing scheme will cater 556 provincial buses traveling from Southern Tagalog to parts of Metro Manila in the hope of alleviating traffic congestion
Meanwhile for other 583 buses with routes ending in Lawton, Manila, Carlos said, it will remain in status quo pending talks of Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto with Cultural Center of the Philippines and Philippine National Construction Corp. for a designated staging area for buses without terminals in LRT/Buendia Ave.
Another meeting is set with LTFRB and mayors of Quezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon and Navotas and MMDA to determine staging areas for 226 provincial buses coming from Northern Luzon whose end points in Metro Manila are Balintawak and Central Integrated Terminal. (PNA)
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