President Rodrigo Duterte is set to inaugurate the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the country’s first “landport,” on November 5, the Department of Transportation said Thursday.
PITX is the first integrated and multi-modal terminal in the southwestern part of Metro Manila, serving as a transfer point among provincial buses from Cavite, Batangas, and in-city modes of transportation, the department said.
“Handa na po kaming buksan ang kauna-unahan nating landport. Isa itong terminal kung saan parang airport ang facilities at serbisyo,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said in statement.
“This is not just your ordinary terminal, but a landmark transportation hub that is set to uplift the overall terminal experience of our countrymen. Para po ito sa inyong lahat,” he said.
Previously called the Southwest Integrated Transport System (ITS) during the Aquino administration, PITX was bid out as a PPP project in 2014.
Under the concession agreement, MWM Terminals—a consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and WM Property Management Inc.—will build and operate PITX for 35 years before transferring it back to the government.
Located along Coastal Road, the PITX will provide inter-connectivity between different transport services and reduce the number of provincial buses plying along EDSA and Taft Avenue in Pasay City.
The PITX terminal building includes three levels:
- ground floor departure bays for buses, jeepneys, and taxis
- second floor arrival bays for buses
- third floor private vehicle facilities—parking spaces, AUV bays, and connection to the proposed LRT-1 extension project
The terminal has a maximum daily capacity of 100,000 passengers and peak-hour passenger volume of 4,380 arrivals and 3,808 departures. Trips per day are approximately 1,060 arrivals and 949 departures.
It will house 59 bays for provincial and city buses, 49 bays for UV express and jeepneys, and 852 car parking slots.
The DOTr said the terminal would also house a centralized shopping center as well as health and wellness amenities. —Anna Felicia Bajo and Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS, GMA News