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Metro Briefs: Bus riders take note: MMDA moving Southwest terminal

/ 12:33 AM May 04, 2017

Bus riders take note: MMDA moving Southwest terminal

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will start tomorrow the gradual transfer of the Southwest Interim Provincial Terminal (SWIPT) from the current Coastal terminal in Parañaque City to the agency’s property on Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City. MMDA officer in charge and general manager Tim Orbos said moving the terminal to HK Sun Plaza would not only save the government an estimated P1.5 million in monthly rental fees but also ensure more income for bus operators since there will be no terminal fees to be charged to both provincial and city buses. Commuters coming from Cavite and Batangas are also assured of their next ride once they alight at the terminal, where the MMDA has provided a space for multicabs, jeepneys as well as UV Express vans. Orbos said the initial transfer would involve around 300 provincial buses with end points in Baclaran, Mall of Asia, Mandaluyong and Cubao. —Jovic Yee

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