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DOTC eyes Veterans Center as terminal site

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DOTC eyes Veterans Center as terminal site
The Veterans Memorial Medical Center may turn into a transport hub for public utility vehicles coming from Northern Luzon

MANILA, Philippines – The Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) is being eyed as the site for the Integrated Transport System-North Terminal, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said VMMC is also being considered as a viable location for the transportation hub to serve public utility vehicles (PUVs) coming from Northern Luzon.

“None yet, we are studying Veterans,” Abaya replied when asked if the government has already identified an ITS – North Terminal location.

Other possible sites for the North ITS is the Manila Seedling Bank at the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue and the National Housing Authority (NHA) near the TriNoma Mall, Abaya said.

The VMMC, situated along North and Mindanao avenues, is near the proposed P1.4 billion common station to be constructed in front of the TriNoma Mall of conglomerate Ayala Corporation.

The Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of SM Prime Holdings Inc., preventing the DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) from transferring the location of the common train station for the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT1) and Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT3) to the TriNoma Mall instead of the SM City North EDSA.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board chaired by President Aquino has approved the P7.7 billion ($170.88 million) ITS projects to reduce vehicle volume and eliminate provincial bus flow to improve traffic flow along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares, mainly EDSA.

The DOTC has already given prospective bidders for the P4 billion ($88.77 million) ITS – South Terminal at the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) complex in Taguig City until Tuesday, November 25 to submit their qualification documents.

The ITS – South Terminal would connect passengers from the Laguna and Batangas side to other urban transport systems such as the proposed North-South Commuter Rail of the Philippine National Railways, city buses, taxis, and other PUVs that serve inner Metro Manila.

DOTC has also given interested companies until Monday, December 1, to submit their qualification documents for the P2.5 billion ($55.48 million) ITS – Southwest Terminal project at the Coastal Road Terminal, along the Manila-Cavite Expressway.

Several companies have already expressed interest in the terminal that would connect passengers coming from Cavite to other urban transport systems such as the future LRT1 Cavite extension project. –

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