DOTR, DPWH begin construction of Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange

Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange or ITX 3D floor plan

 

MANILA, Philippines — Wednesday marked the groundbreaking of the Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange or ITX.

The Department of Transportation led the ceremony, together with the Department of Public Works and Highways and some private sectors under the government’s Build, Build, Build program.

This aims to consolidate the 35 bus terminals in the Metro Manila.

All buses bound for Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will not have to enter Metro Manila and will just load and unload at the ITX instead.

The DOTr sees this as a better way to decongest the traffic in Metro Manila, particularly in Edsa.

The DOTr also reiterated that the project will give better travel time for passengers as they can always take the trains from Philippine National Railways at the FTI Station.

Aside from the train ride, the terminal will open an area for jeepneys and other public utility vehicles bound for major key points in Metro Manila.

There is also a planned subway system in the area.

The project also allows for a fully air-conditioned 6-storey building that can accommodate 160,000 passengers and will have convenience facilities as that of an airport such as a separate arrival and departure areas.

The passengers will also enjoy free wifi, online and centralized ticketing booths, and lounging areas, among others.

The Taguig ITX will be erected on a 5.57-hectare lot owned by a private corporation.

The government has allotted P5-billion for this project.

The construction is targeted to begin by the middle of the year.

The ITX is expected to be operational by the first half of 2020. — Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

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