PITX OPERATOR URGED TO RESOLVE TERMINAL WOES
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is calling on the operator of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) to immediately resolve traffic issues in operating the country’s first landport, the Philippine Star reported.
In its December 18 letter, Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Richmund de Leon asked MWM Terminals Inc., the PITX’s concessionaire, to submit a revised traffic plan to improve systems inside the terminal.
“The DOTr emphasizes that even as the department and its attached agencies work on improving the operations of the country’s first landport, concessionaire MWM Terminals must uphold its shared responsibility as a private sector partner to provide the Filipinos the service they deserve,” the DOTr said.
The agency outlined operational issues within the PITX and possible actions that the operator can undertake to ensure the convenience of commuters.
It recommended the decongestion of public utility jeepney loading and unloading areas and providing enough ventilation to reduce people’s exposure to health risks coming from vehicular smoke.
The DOTr said it wants MWM to install noticeable directional signage to improve information dissemination to passengers as well as adjust the loading time at departure bays. In a previous dialogue, provincial bus operators told the agency that the 15-minute loading time is insufficient during off-peak hours.
The concessionaire was requested to come up with reading materials detailing the dispatching and scheduling scheme for the perusal of drivers and conductors.
The agency also called on the concessionaire to improve centralized announcement system and implement the free deployment of free shuttle services to ferry passengers from PITX to Baclaran and vice versa.
MWM should coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for the installation of larger reflectorized stickers on buses to easily identify city and provincial buses.
The entity was directed to strictly impose security measures especially during rush hour.