The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday that it will start its dry run next week on the proposed closure of 47 bus terminals along EDSA.
According to MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia, starting April 22, provincial bus operators have the option to drop off passengers at the temporary bus terminals set up in Valenzuela City, Parañaque and Sta. Rosa in Laguna. He also added that the dry run would take effect until the second week of May.
The scheduled dry run of the planned closure of EDSA bus terminals would push through despite protests from bus drivers and operators. Garcia urged bus drivers to join the dry run to familiarize commuters once the ban takes effect in June.
Garcia also noted that after the Lenten Season, they will ask the local government units to cancel the business permits of the bus terminals along EDSA. He said MMDA traffic enforcers would apprehend provincial buses violating the “no loading, no unloading” policy on EDSA starting on Monday. Meanwhile, violators will be fined Php 500.
On the other hand, Garcia also said that provincial buses are not allowed to pick up and drop off commuters along the busiest highway in the metropolis. Under the franchise issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), provincial buses are designed for a point-to-point scheme.
He said the proposed closure of EDSA bus terminals aims to decongest the highway and other major roads in the metropolis.