Manila Standard Today, 28 December 2013
By: Lailany P. Gomez

The government on Friday opened the bidding for a P2.5-billion public transport terminal project under the public-private partnership scheme.

The Transportation Department posted an invitation to bid for the Integrated Transport System-Southwest Terminal project, which will be built on a 2.9-hectare property at the Coastal Road Terminal along the Manila-Cavite Expressway.

Interested bidders were given until May 15 next year to submit their bids, the Transportation Department said.

The terminal will connect passengers from Cavite to other transport systems such as the future Light Rail Transit line 1 South Extension to Bacoor in Cavite, city bus, taxi and other public utility vehicles plying Metro Manila.

The project would include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information system, ticketing and baggage handling facilities and park-ride facilities.

The whole ITS project is estimated to cost P7.7 billion and is one of the seven major infrastructure projects worth P184.2 billion approved by the National Economic and Development Authority board on Nov. 21.

The project entails the establishment of three mass transportation intermodal terminals on the outskirts of Metro Manila—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.

“This terminal will ensure effective interconnection between different transport modalities and services and, thus, ensure efficient and seamless travel for the commuting public,” the Transportation Department said.