(IBT OPENS TODAY) City designates loading, unloading areas for PUJs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:50

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

 

The Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) officially begins its operations today and with its opening, the City Government is enjoining the riding public to strictly adhere to the traffic rules set to facilitate the smooth transfer and commencement of operations of the bus terminal in Divisoria.

The operations of the IBT will officially start at 1 p.m. but the initial operations will only cover departures of provincial bus lines, including the Rural Transit, Ceres, SSG, and Liza Mae lines, clarified OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario.

Hopefully, before the month ends or by December 31, el arrival alyi ya tambien hace kita,” said Apolinario.

To facilitate the smooth transition and implementation of operations, three areas in the city proper have been designated as official loading and unloading stations for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) shuttling passengers to and from the IBT.

Beginning today, December 8, the first loading and unloading area for commuters to the IBT will be at the former Pichay Studio (town proper) from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second area will operate from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sta. Cruz Public Market while the third area will be located at the Bagsakan Center from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Apolinario emphasized that only PUJs are allowed to shuttle passengers to the IBT, and tricycles caught ferrying passengers to the IBT will be apprehended.

“We have already requested the police, we have already requested the highway patrol group, si anda el tricycle na IBT, si usa el tricycle para liba pasahero [to IBT], kuhi. We have to start on the right foot. We should start on something that is premised to bring order on our highways,” Apolinario said even as he urged the riding public to cooperate and to utilize the designated loading and unloading areas.

Apolinario also welcomed and encouraged suggestions and comments from the public, the better help the City Government manage the IBT operations.— Jasmine Mohammadsali