A one-hectare lot near the Monumento roundabout in Caloocan City will soon become the interim provincial bus terminal for passenger buses from northern Luzon as part of the government's solution to ease the traffic congestion on EDSA.
According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, before September ends, the idle and privately owned land will be ready to accommodate provincial buses coming from northern Luzon.
"All available resources and manpower will be on hand to speed up the rehabilitation of the North terminal," said Tolentino, who added that an intermodal system is already in place where passengers disembarking from the provincial buses can easily access a jeepney terminal, the Light Rail Transit Line 1, and city buses.
The north interim provincial terminal will complement its southern counterpart, which was recently opened by the MMDA, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the city government of Muntinlupa in Filinvest, Alabang, for passenger buses coming from southern Luzon.
"These terminals are temporary and will cease operations once the construction of the integrated transport hubs is completed," Tolentino explained. "Everyone--including bus operators, drivers, passengers, and government--needs to adjust and cooperate so we can have discipline and order on our roads."