Metro Manila mayors approve removal of provincial bus terminals along EDSA

MANILA, August 13, 2016 (PNA) -- In a bid to ease traffic congestion along the 23.8- kilometer Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), the Metro Manila Council (MMC) on Friday approved a resolution relocating the operations of provincial buses and its terminal along EDSA.

Cubao Araneta Bus Terminal
According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos said the resolution was unanimously approved during MMC meeting held at the MMDA office. The MMC is the policy-making body of MMDA.

“They approved the removal of bus terminals in EDSA. It is now up to them (mayors) to prepare for the eventual removal. This will be in Pasay and Quezon City,” Carlos told reporters after the MMC meeting held at MMDA Office in Makati City.

“Although the response will not be done immediately, we told them to prepare pending the request of the emergency powers (that will be given to President Duterte) since the permits are issued by the mayors,” Carlos said.

He said that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto approved the resolution were the cities of Pasay and Quezon City have the most number of bus terminals in the metropolis.

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

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

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

Carlos said that the MMC also agreed to enforce the Nose In, Nose Out ” policy for drivers in exiting their terminals along Edsa while the terminals were yet to be removed as stated under the “Resolution Rationalizing the Operations of Provincial Buses and its Terminals Along EDSA”.

“As a matter of policy, no additional provincial bus terminals shall be allowed to be established along Edsa,” according to the resolution.

Carlos said that the owners or operators of existing bus terminals were also directed to make the necessary preparations “for their eventual removal from Edsa” and “consequent transfer to strategic areas outside of the metropolis.”

The MMC in its resolution noted that the move was in line with the directive of President Rodrigo R. Rodrigo during the State of the Nation Address that all bus terminals, which are located along EDSA, “must eventually be removed and referred to strategic areas outside of the metropolis with the end of decongesting said major thoroughfare.”

Carlos said that the removal of the terminals would help improve the flow of traffic since provincial buses would no longer enter Metro Manila to load and unload passengers. (PNA)