DOTC eyes 3 possible sites for ITS north project

by Lorenz Marasigan, BusinessMirror

Posted at May 14 2014 07:28 AM | Updated as of May 14 2014 03:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The government will finalize the north component of the multibillion-peso Integrated Terminal System (ITS) as early as June.

Transportation Undersecretary for Planning Rene K. Limcaoco said the Department of Transportation and Communications is looking at three options for the location of the intermodal transport-system project, namely, former Philippine National Railway Station in Caloocan, a site in the University of the Philippines, and the seedling bank along Quezon Avenue and Edsa.

“What’s important is when we choose, paramount is passenger convenience. This is all about intermodal efficiency in transfers and convenience. We are looking at what site, considering the mass transport available, would be most convenient to the Filipino people,” Limcaoco said in an interview. He added that the agency is reviewing the advantages of the three sites and will choose a location based on the cost and time of travel.

“Our whole goal is to make sure that the time spent and cost in transferring is the least and also the most convenient. We hope to do it in one or two months,” Limcaoco said.

Transportation Spokesman Michael Arthur Sagcal said once a location for the project has been chosen, the department will then endorse the selected location to the National Economic and Development Authority Board, which is chaired by President Aqunio.

The P7.7-billion ITS envisages the establishment of three mass-transportation intermodal terminals at the outskirts of Metro Manila—one in the north of Edsa serving passengers to and from Northern Luzon, one in the south serving passengers to and from the Laguna and Batangas side, and one in the southwest serving passengers to and from the Cavite side. Auctions for the south and the north components have yet to be scheduled, while the P2.2-billion southwest contract is set to be auctioned off on June 16.

The single-stage auction is open to both local and foreign groups that, among others, should have completed a development project with a cumulative cost of P2 billion or a cumulative capacity of 300 parking bays in the last 10 years.

The multibillion contract is included in the government’s target of key infrastructure projects to be auctioned off this year.

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