Monday, November 16, 2020

EDSA Busway to Become Permanent with Construction of Concourses


The pandemic has spurred the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to finally modernize the bus routes plying EDSA. The best bit of news: it looks like it’ll be permanent.

The agency, together with SM Prime Holdings, D.M. Wesceslao and Associates Incorporated, and Double Dragon Properties Corporation signed a Memorandum of Agreement to construct EDSA Busway bridges with concourse.

The structures, which will be donated by the said private partners and will provide for safer, more convenient, and PWD-friendly walkways for the riding public, particularly those using the EDSA Busway stations.

As a refresher, the EDSA Busway—a system that utilizes a dedicated median lane for Public Utility Buses (PUBs)—which runs from Monumento in Caloocan City to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, was established in cooperation with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Since its launch, the EDSA Busway has effectively reduced travel time from the previous 3-3.5 hours from Monumento to PITX, to just 50 minutes to 1 hour. 


During the event, Busway Advocate Eduardo Yap, discussed the features of the EDSA Busway Bridge with Concourse, such as having a state-of-the-art architecture with concierge, ticketing booths, and turnstiles for the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS). Ramps and elevators will also be available to provide accessibility for PWDs, senior citizens, and pregnant women.

DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade also underscored the benefits of the facilities and expressed gratitude to the government and private sector partners who have greatly contributed to the project's realization.

Meanwhile, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim added that the project will significantly improve the travel experience of passengers along the country’s main thoroughfare.

The project will have five target locations: SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, President D. Macapagal Boulevard in Aseana City, and at EDSA near the corner of President D. Macapagal Avenue.

The target start of construction will be within the next two to three months once the detailed engineering design (DED) is finalized and necessary permits are secured. According to Yap, construction time is also estimated to run from six to eight months.

2 comments:

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