By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) is set to open next month for passengers coming to and from provinces in the south, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Prior to the opening of the new terminal, the LTFRB ruled all public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys and UV Express from the provinces southwest of Metro Manila to end their journeys at the PITX along the coastal road in Parañaque City.
"All provincial public utility buses, UV Express service and public utility journeys from the provinces southwest of Metro Manila arriving via Coastal Road and Manila Cavite Expressway terminate their routes at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) at Coastal Road Parañaque from the date PITX is fully operational, "stated the Board of Directors in a Memorandum Circular of September 13th.
The PITX, which was described by the LTFRB as the & # 39; first intermodal terminal & # 39; of the country, will be operational in October and can accommodate up to 200,000 train, jeepney and bus passengers per day.
The terminal, which was built under the Build, Build, Build program of the government, will consist of passenger terminal buildings, loading and unloading sites, set-up areas, ticketing and baggage handling facilities, as well as park ride facilities.
It also offers free internet via Wi-Fi, charging points and an online ticket system for passengers.
Apart from PUVs from the provinces in the south, the board also ordered all city buses, PUJ & # 39; s and UV-Express with end points in Baclaran and SM Mall of Asia, that they will be extended to PITX to transfer passengers.
"The southern location of the terminal will reduce the number of provincial buses from Cavite and Batangas that run along main roads [including] EDSA, Baclaran and Taft Avenue ", reads MC 2018-10.
From PITX, passengers from the south are connected to other public transport systems, such as the upcoming LRT Line 1 South Extension, city buses, jeepneys, taxis and other PUVs operating within Metro Manila.
The modified route of the PUVs will start on September 30 to be ready for the start of operation of the terminal.