We have some welcome news to start the week for you, commuters: The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has just announced that new footbridges will soon rise along EDSA to complement the current Busway system.
These bridges will provide walkways not just for commuters entering the Busway stations but also for pedestrians who intend to cross EDSA. These structures will be built with concourses housing concierges and ticket booths, among others. There will also be ramps and elevators for persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and pregnant women.
If you want to see more, you can check out more photos through the official announcement below:
“Napakaganda ho ng proyekto. With the state-of-the art facility of the EDSA Busway Bridge and Concourse, we will be catering world-class service to the public. Laking ginhawa ho nito sa mga kababayan natin, lalo na sa mga senior citizen, mga may kapansanan, at buntis. Hindi na ho sila mahihirapan mag-akyat-baba sa paggamit ng Busway. Malaking bagay din ho ito para siguruhin na ligtas silang makatatawid at makasasakay,” said DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade.
“We believe that the EDSA Busway Bridge and Concourse is crucial for a more seamless EDSA Busway operation. With the construction of the Busway Bridge, we ought to provide an even better experience for commuters with Automated Fare Collection System, PWD ramps, and elevators,” said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Danilo Lim.
SM Prime Holdings, D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Incorporated, and Double Dragon Properties Corporation will be the private partners in this project. Construction of the bridges is targeted to begin within two to three months and is expected to be completed within six to eight months.
This could mean that a year from today, we could already be using these footbridges along EDSA.