PHL’s first-ever landport opens Monday

admin   •   November 5, 2018   •   2217

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — After a long wait the Parañaque Intergrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) will finally open officially today, November 5.

Strategically located along Coastal Road Parañaque, PITX is the first integrated and multi-modal terminal in the Southwestern part of Metro Manila, serving as a transfer point between provincial buses from Cavite, Batangas, and in-city modes of transportation.

It is expected to decongest traffic in Metro Manila by reducing the number of provincial buses plying EDSA and Taft Avenue-Pasay.

“Matatanggal na yung ibang terminals natin diyan sa loob ng Metro Manila,” Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Mark de Leon said. “Ang end effect niyan, makakabawas din talaga sa daloy ng trapiko dito sa kalakhang Maynila.”

The terminal building includes three levels: departure bay for buses, jeepneys, and taxis situated on the ground floor, arrival bays for buses on the second floor, and private vehicle facilities such as parking spaces, AUV bays, and a connection to the proposed LRT-1 extension project situated at the third floor.

It is designed to accommodate almost 200,000 passengers daily.

“Kung dati- rati yung mga pasahero nag-aabang lang dun sa Baclaran area o Lawton area, pero sa ngayon, with this new terminal, dito na sila mag-aabang ng kanilang ride pauwi dito sa kanilang patutunguhan,” said Usec. De Leon.

The new terminal is dubbed as the country’s first landport for its airport-like modern facilities such as various retail shops, restaurants, automated teller machines and large restrooms with showers for weary travelers who want to freshen up.

There is also free Wi-Fi connection and a wide waiting area surrounded by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself will lead the inauguration of PITX today at 1:00 p.m.

The world-class terminal is a public-private project  under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration.  — Chato Alonsagay (with reports from Joan Nano)

Provincial buses sa PITX, hindi bumiyahe sa kabila ng pagbubukas ng mga ruta

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pumasada ang ilang provincial bus units na naka-terminal sa Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) kahit binuksan na ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang 12 ruta para sa mga pampasaherong bus.

Ayon sa Provincial Bus Operators Association, nakikipag-pulong pa sila sa LTFRB at sa terminal operators dahil sa anila’y hindi pa malinaw na sistema, partikular na sa bayan ng Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Ayon kay Alex Yague, ang pinuno ng grupo, nagbago ng mga kondisyon ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Sta. Cruz hinggil sa pagbiyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus kaya’t kailangan pa itong muling pag-usapan, partikular na ang isyu sa hatian ng 150 pasahero na papayagang pumasok sa loob ng isang araw.

Nais ring klaruhin ng provincial bus operators ang pag-oobliga sa kanilang mga unit na dumaan sa Skyway at NAIA Expressway upang makarating sa PITX.

Ayon kay Yague, panibagong gastusin ito para sa mga operator gayong limitado lang ang maaari nilang isakay na pasahero.

“As of today, hindi pa handa. Kapag na-klaro na yung tungkol sa pasahero, yung requirements ng travel pass at magkakaroon ng unawaan sa Central termjnal management within the next fee day, ma-iron out natin ang problema,” ang wika ni Yague.

Sa panig naman ng PITX, tiniyak ng pamunuan nito na handa ang terminal sakaling bumiyahe na ang provincial buses.

“Kami po ay handa, ready po kami tumanggap ngunit nakikipag-ugnayan pa rin tayo dito sa mga bus operators upang siguraduhin kung ano yung mga kinakailangan sa pagbiyahe dito,” ang pahayag ni Jayson Salvador, ang manager ng PITX.

Sinabi rin ni Salvador na makikipag-ugnayan sila sa National Capital Region Police Office para sa pagtatalaga ng mga pulis sa terminal para sa mas madaling proseso ng pagkuha ng travel pass ng mga pasahero. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

Maris Federez   •   March 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

PITX draws flak over system ‘flaws’

admin   •   November 12, 2018

 

The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) along Coastal Road in Parañaque has officially begun operations.

PITX houses departure and arrival bays for buses, jeepneys, taxis and UV express shuttles with routes to Cavite, Batangas and Metro Manila.

Among the routes that provincial buses stationed at PITX ply to include Naic, Indang, GMA, Nasugbu, Tagaytay and Tanza.

There are also provincial jeepneys with routes going to Paliparan, Dasmarinas, Imus and Bacoor.

City buses bound for Novaliches, Monumento, Fairview, Malanday, Sapang Palay, Grotto and Navotas are also stationed at the terminal.

Commuters may also take Point-to-Point (P2P) buses going to Ortigas and Makati.

But despite the world-class facilities of the country’s first-ever landport, it still drew flak from Monday’s rush-hour commuters.

Some people complained about the lack of signage which made it difficult to figure out where to go while others protested the long walk to the departure gate.

Some passengers also complained about the number of transfers they have to take to get to their destination.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said such complaints are to be expected every time a new system is being introduced to the public.

DOTr maintained that the PITX aims to provide convenience to commuters. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Joan Nano)

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