The once busy bus terminal in Cubao looked abandoned after MMDA ordered its closure.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Five provincial bus terminals in Cubao were ordered closed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Tuesday over a number of violations particularly the agency’s “Nose In, Nose Out” policy.
“Nose-in, nose out” means that buses must go into and out of the terminal front-end first. Bus drivers need to maneuver or make a turnaround within the terminal itself instead of backing up on EDSA which obstructs traffic and cause bottlenecks.
Among the bus firms ordered closed by MMDA were:
- DLTB Company
- ALPS The Bus Incorporated
- Lucena Lines Incorporated (LLI)
- Raymond Transportation
- Superlines Bus Terminal 1
Affected passengers of DLTB and ALPS are being taken to the bus firms’ alternative parking lots where they continue to operate. Passengers of Superlines at Terminal 1 are directed to the firm’s southbound terminal. Meanwhile, passengers taking Raymond Transport Buses are directed to its terminal in Manila.
MMDA has stationed its personnel to ensure that the bus firms will no longer operate in the vacated terminals.
“Itong mga bus na parating para hindi sila makapagbaba makapagsakay dito, kailangan may shuttle sila para madala sa Araneta o sa may terminal nilang iba,” said MMDA Motorcycle Unit Epifanio Palacay.
(To prevent buses from loading and unloading [on Edsa] they should have a shuttle that will bring their passengers to Araneta or alternative terminals.)
The measure, meanwhile, drew the ire of affected passengers bound for the provinces who were not informed of the closure of said bus terminals. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue