Consistent with efforts to decongest EDSA and move people faster, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) expressed support for the Metro Manila Eastern Multi Modal Transport Terminal in Marikina.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, MMDA Chairman Danny Lim, and DOTr Undersecretary for Road Tim Orbos joined 1st district of Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando in inspecting the terminal early today.
Tugade said the DOTr has always been supportive of Local Government Unit (LGU) initiatives that seek to improve connectivity and the transportation system in the country.
“We will accredit this terminal, subject to submission of required documentation. Kapit bisig tayo ng LGUs para mapaganda ang ating mga terminal at transportasyon,” said Tugade during the inspection.
Meanwhile, Usec. Orbos said that the multi-modal terminal located across SM Marikina will reduce vehicle volume in EDSA.
“This terminal will remove 1,000 buses in EDSA. Malaking ginhawa sa ating mga mananakay at motorista,” said Orbos.
Tugade also said that the DOTr will continue to develop the Pasig River Ferry terminal and expand Point-to-Point (P2P) bus routes to provide the terminal with interconnectivity and different modes of transport. He also suggested to the Marikina LGU to make the terminal technology-based for faster and more commuter-friendly operations.
“We’re developing a system where bus tickets can be purchased online,” assured Rep. Fernando, who himself is a former MMDA Chairman.
The DOTr is also currently building the Southwest Intermodal Transport Exchange in Paranaque, a facility that will provide seamless transfers, fixed departure schedules, and centralized ticketing system for provincial buses. It is targeted for completion in April 2018.