The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the country’s first integrated and multi-modal terminal, will officially begin operations on 4 a.m., Saturday, 10 November 2018.
Provincial buses that pass through the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and Coastal Road are now mandated to start and stop their routes at the facility, widely considered the country’s first “landport.”
Public utility buses bound for Nasugbu, Calatagan and Balayan in Batangas are now required to stop and start their trips at PITX, according to the DOTr.
To help connect commuters alighting in PITX to the rest of Metro Manila, city buses will now also be required to pick up passengers in the terminal.
The announcement comes less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the facility.
“Let’s always remember the well-being of our commuters. They are our priority and PITX will be a huge help to lighten their commute,” Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said in Filipino in a statement released on Friday, November 9.
The Php5.6-billion facility’s basic aim is to help decongest EDSA and other major roads in the metropolis by prompting provincial buses and other public utility vehicles (PUVs) passing through CAVITEX and Coastal Road to start and end their trips at the terminal.
Formerly known as Southwest Integrated Terminal Exchange (SWITEx), the facility will feature arrival and departure bays, public information systems, online and on-site ticketing systems, baggage handling facilities and park-ride facilities. It is expected to cater to 100,000 passengers every day, with up to 4,000 passengers per hour at peak hours.
The terminal will also feature a centralized shopping center with retail and food concepts and health and wellness amenities. In the coming years, the facility will also house four office towers that will be leased by Megawide.
Elyssa Lopez is a staff writer of Entrepreneur PH. Follow her on Twitter @elyssalopz