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Attention, commuters! The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that the passenger bus terminals situated along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) will be closed in June.

In a press release posted by MMDA, it said that the Metro Manila Council (MMC) approved the resolution prohibiting the issuance of business permits to all public utility bus terminals and operators and other public utility vehicles along EDSA. This was announced during the MMC meeting held at the MMDA headquarters on Tuesday, March 26.

MMDA believes that these terminals greatly contribute to the traffic congestion experienced by motorists and commuters alike. With its closure, it will lessen the traffic at the congested thoroughfare.

If you’re curious about the relocation of the terminals, don’t worry because terminals are now being constructed in the outskirts of the metro, along Valenzuela City and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said that regulation is in line with the president’s order to close down all bus terminals. “Our direction is to remove all bus terminals along EDSA and relocate them in the outskirts of the metro to minimize traffic congestion,” he said.

Meanwhile, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia revealed that a dry run shall be conducted after the Holy Week in April and they’re hoping to close down all the terminals by June.

The regulation needs to be signed by all the Metro Mayors that compose the MMC, the policy-making and governing body of the MMDA, before its implementation.

[Manila Bulletin]

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