MANILA, Philippines – Transport authorities believe one way of easing traffic congestion along EDSA is to no longer allow provincial buses to ply there.
They argued it would help lessen the huge volume of vehicles plying on EDSA daily.
With this, the government is constructing the Southwest Integrated Terminal Exchange (SWITEX) in Parañaque City which is expected to be completed in April.
The said project is part of the Build Build Build Program of the current administration.
The 4-hectare SWITEX is the first ever intermodal terminal in the country. It can accommodate commuters coming from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon province.
According to Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, SWITEX would greatly help in easing traffic congestion on EDSA.
“After its completion, 1,000 buses will be reduced on EDSA and Roxas Boulevard. It means 200,000 individuals will benefit from it daily,” Orbos said.
Department of Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos,explaining the benefits of the commuting public with SWITEX. (Ruby Vercide / Photoville International)
The intermodal terminal is expected to provide passengers from Southern Luzon easy access to public utility transportations like LRT line 1, jeepneys, UV express vans and city buses with routes to inner Metro Manila.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim assured passengers and drivers that the terminal will be convenient for them.
“The Southwest Integrated Terminal Exchange will be a huge improvement from the terminal we see along EDSA. Again, it will resemble an airport with multi-level platforms,” Lim said.
The Duterte administration also plans to construct another intermodal terminal in Sta. Rosa Laguna and other key points in the country. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
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