Malaya Business Insight, 11 March 2014
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is still finalizing the location for the Integrated Terminal System (ITS) Â in Northern Luzon .
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Â said the agency is looking at three sites: Â Caloocan PNR, UP , and the site of the Â Manila Seedling Bank on the corner of Quezon avenue and EDSA in Quezon City.
Abaya said the DOTC is in discussions Â with Â Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista to see what is the good site for the ITS in the North .
The ITS project has three mass transportation intermodal terminals at the outskirts of Metro Manila, two of which are Â in the South Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) site in Taguig City and at the Â Philippine reclamation area Â near Uniwide Coastal Mall in Paranaque City.
The terminals in the South will serve passengers to and from the Laguna/Batangas Â as well as Cavite.
The DOTC is set to bid out the ITS in Paranaque by May 15 this year. The Â notice of award will be in July. Â The winning bidder was set to start the construction in October this year and start operation in May 2016.
Twelve firms have expressed interest to join the bidding for the ITS Southwest terminal Â which include , Ayala Land, Inc., Â Ayala Corp., Â Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., Â San Miguel Corp., Filinvest Land, Inc., Megawide Construction Corp., Robinsons Land Corp. Â D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc., Â Vicente T. Lao Construction Â and Egis Projects SA .
The terminals will have Â passenger terminal buildings, arrival and departure bays, ticketing and baggage handling facilities, park-ride facilities and transfer facilities such as shuttles to provide seamless transport connections.
Manila Standard Today, 11 March 2014
By Lailany P. Gomez
The Transportation Department has named the three possible locations of the proposed North Integrated Transport System.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the government was looking at the Philippine National Railways site in Caloocan, the University of the Philippines and the Manila Seedling Bank on Quezon Avenue.
â€śBasically, the new discovery would be the Seedling Bank. Although, there are little issues there, but weâ€™re already talking with Mayor Herbert Bautista. But it is a good site,â€ť Abaya said.
The North ITS is part of the P7.5-billion mass transportation intermodal terminals at the outskirts of Metro Manila.
Transportation started its search for possible locations for the Integrated Transport System, a project that will entail the construction of common provincial bus terminals in the north and south end points of Metro Manila.
Abaya said earlier parties with properties ranging from three to seven hectares could send their formal proposals to Transportation.
The agency prefers lots near the North Luzon Expressway, the Coastal Road/Macapagal Highway and South Luzon Expressway and those 300 meters from the nearest train station.
Transportation said it would accept proposals until April 16.
The ITS is an offshoot of Executive Order 67, which calls for the planning, implementation and monitoring of the project. The ITS will put up a bus terminal north of Metro Manila for provincial buses with Northern Luzon routes and two in the south, one near the South Luzon Expressway and another near the Coastal Road/Cavitex for provincial buses with Southern Luzon routes.
The Philippine Star, 11 March 2014
By Lawrence Agcaoili
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has identified three possible locations for the north terminal of the proposed P7.7-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) under the Aquino administrationâ€™s public private partnership (PPP) program.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the government has identified the property of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) in Caloocan City, the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, and the Seedling Bank at the corner of Quezon Ave. and Edsa as the possible sites for the proposed terminal.
â€śThere are three (possible sites). These are the Caloocan PNR site, UP, and a new discovery would be Seedling Bank along Quezon Ave. and Edsa,â€ť he added.
He pointed out that the DOTC is already talking with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista for the Seedling Bank as the possible site for the proposed North ITS.
On the other hand, Abaya said the agency was able to resolve the issues including the location of the exit ramp that delayed the bidding for the proposed South ITS to be situated inside the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) Complex in Taguig City.
He explained that the location of the exit ramp along Circumferential Road-6 (C6) has already been included in the Supplemental Toll Operation Agreement (STOA).
According to him, the National Food Authority (NFA) is looking for a relocation site for its warehouse situated inside the FTI Complex. â€śIt is a priority project of the President and they are looking for another warehouse for NFA,â€ť he said.
A total of 11 companies have expressed interest in the bidding for the proposed P2.5 billion Southwest Terminal.
The P7.7-billion ITS project was one of the seven major infrastructure projects worth P184.2 billion approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA.
The project involves the establishment of three mass transportation intermodal terminals at the outskirts of Metro Manila â€“ one in the north of Edsa serving passengers to and from northern Luzon and two in the south serving passengers to and from Laguna or Batangas side and those to and from the Cavite side.
The ITS project aims to maximize road usage by reducing vehicle volume and eliminating provincial bus traffic to improve traffic flow along Metro Manilaâ€™s major thoroughfares particularly Edsa.
GMA News, 11 March 2014
Three locations in northern Quezon City are on the Department of Transportation and Communications shortlist for the intermodal transport hub for commuter vehicle traffic to and from provinces north of Metro Manila.
â€śThere are three (possible sites). These are the Caloocan PNR site, UP, and a new discovery would be Seedling Bank along Quezon Avenue and EDSA,â€ť DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said on Monday.
He said the DOTC is in talks with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista about the lot where the Manila Seedling Bank is.
The Northern Intergrated Transport System (ITS) hub is one of three major components of the P7.7-billion ITS project the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved last Nov. 21.
The other two hubs will handle traffic coming through Cavite and Laguna.Â â€” ELR, GMA News
InterAksyon, 10 March 2014
By Darwin G. Amojelar
MANILA – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking at the former site of the Manila Seedling Bank as the future location of the integrated transport hub for vehicles coming from the north of Metro Manila.
“Although there’s some issues in the planning, we are already talking with Mayor Herbert Bautista. But it is a good site,” Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said, referring to the mayor of Quezon City.
The property under question is at the corner of Quezon Avenue and EDSA. The Quezon City government last January demolished the structure housing the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Inc, after it failed to pay real property tax amounting to P57 million and incurred from 2001 to 2011.
Besides the former Manila Seedling Bank, other candidate locations for the transport hub are the Philippine National Railways (PNR) site in Caloocan City and University of the Philippines Diliman campus.
The DOTC plans to put up the Integrated Transport System (ITS) – North Terminal to serve passengers coming from and going to the northern part of Metro Manila.
The agency is already bidding out the P2.5-billion ITS – Southwest Terminal Project, which will accommodate all modes of land transport coming from and going to the southwest portion of Metro Manila near the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX).
The ITS-Southwest Terminal Project is one of the public-private partnership (PPP) projects of the Aquino administration and is meant to decongest traffic in Metro Manila.