MANILA, Philippines — Bus terminals located along Edsa will be closed in June this year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Tuesday.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said they have already coordinated with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the closure of terminals after Holy Week.
“Yesterday we had a meeting with LTFRB chairman and DOTr and then it was about time na isasara na natin yung mga provincial bus [terminals] na yan. Ang LTFRB kasi mag-iikot na rin,” Garcia told reporters after a meeting with the Metro Manila Council.
Garcia said they will start a dry-run of the bus terminal closures after Holy Week.
“Dry-run lang muna, ayaw muna natin ng tira nang tira after Holy Week kasi nga [kapag] before Holy Week maraming gagamit niyan at mag-uuwian,” he said.
The closure of the Edsa bus terminals is part of government’s effort to address traffic congestion in Metro Manila as some provincial buses tend to load and unload passengers along major thoroughfares, Garcia said.
Garcia added that several bus terminals are now being constructed for provincial buses at the south and north of Metro Manila such as in Valenzuela City and in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. /muf
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