METRO Manila mayors have agreed to remove as soon as possible bus terminals along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in a bid to ease the daily traffic congestion afflicting the National Capital Region.
Members of the Metro Manila Council, the policy-making body of the Metro Manila Development Authority, on Friday approved a resolution seeking the immediate removal of the different bus terminals along the 23.8-kilometer (14.8 miles) stretch of EDSA.
“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,” said MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos following the MMC’s meeting at the MMDA central office in Makati City.
At the same time, Carlos disclosed that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixtowho were the first local executives who signed the resolution “Rationalizing the Operations of Provincial Buses and its Terminals Along EDSA”.
He said the bus terminals to be affected by the removal were located in areas under the jurisdictions of these two local executives.
Moreover, Carlos said the MMC also agreed to enforce the “Nose In, Nose Out Policy” at the bus terminals while the establishments are yet to be removed as proposed by Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay.
The MMC, in its resolution, noted that the move to remove the bus terminals along EDSA is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte during the State of the Nation Address that all bus terminals along the historic circumferential road “must eventually be removed and referred to strategic areas outside of the metropolis with the end of decongesting said major thoroughfare.”
“As a matter of policy, no additional provincial bus terminals shall be allowed to be established along Edsa,” the MMC resolution said.
Carlos said that the owners or operators of existing bus terminals were already directed to make the necessary preparations “for their eventual removal from Edsa” and “consequent transfer to strategic areas outside of the metropolis.”
Meanwhile, MMDA, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Department of Transportation officials are currently discussing plans to relocate provincial bus terminals along Edsa.
With the removal of the terminals, Carlos said, traffic flow would improve since provincial buses will no longer enter Metro Manila to load and unload passengers.
MMDA records showed that there are 85 provincial bus companies situated in Metro Manila. Of the 85 provincial bus companies, 46 firms have terminals on Edsa, particularly in Cubao, Balintawak, and Taft Ave.
Around 3,300 provincial buses and 12,000 city buses pass through EDSA daily.