New bus terminal eyed in Caloocan to decongest Edsa

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking to build a a new passenger terminal for the EDSA Bus Carousel to decongest traffic in Metro Manila particularly along Edsa.

” We are looking at three areas in Caloocan for the staging area or terminal that is similar to PITX [Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange]. One is the PNR Compound in Sangandaan Caloocan, second is the Victory Liner, which is four kilometers away in Valenzuela and the other one is in Monumento beside Starbucks restaurant,” LTFRB chairperson Cheloy Garafil said.

“Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista directed us na mag ocular inspection sa tatlong lugar and then we can decide if its feasible na maging staging area,” she added.

The EDSA Busway hit a total ridership of 47.1 million last year or an average of 129,000 daily.

Mega Manila Consortium Corp. and ES Transport were tapped to operate the EDSA Bus Carousel, which according to Garafil, needs a lot of improvement.

Garafil cited the long distance between some stations in the major commercial districts like Cubao and Ortigas Center as well the lack of facilities for PWDs.

She also sought a unified fleet management system to better address the surge of passengers during rush hours.

The government pays P74 million to P76 million per week for the deployment of buses along EDSA.

Panguil Bay bridge now 61% complete

Construction of the 3.17-kilometer bridge that will reduce travel time between Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental is now 61 percent complete, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).