How will the southwest integrated terminal affect commuters?

The Southwest integrated bus terminal located at the Uniwide reclamation area in Parañaque City is set to open on August 6.

The new terminal will help decongest EDSA of about 955 provincial buses coming from Cavite and Batangas.

However, passengers will have to take other public utility vehicles to get to their destinations.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has filed a petition with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) seeking lower fares for buses plying the Cavite-Manila route.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said bus operators will not be charged for using the new terminal which will allow them to save the millions of pesos they pay for terminal fees every month.

“Yung kapakanan naman ng mga pasahero na dapat makinabang sila doon sa pagkakaroon ng intergrated bus terminal dahil makakatipid yung mga bus operators,” Tolentino said.

The MMDA is seeking an 8% reduction in fares, saying it is a reasonable amount.

The LTFRB meanwhile agreed that fares should be adjusted because of the shortened routes to be plied by the buses.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said fares should be based on the length of routes.

“Mandated naman po talaga na magbaba ng ayon dun sa fare guide naming dahil mas maikli na yung kanilang byahe,” Ginez said.

The LTFRB will release a notice of hearing and plans to have a dialogue with the bus operators concerned.

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