The Department of Transportation signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SM Prime Holdings, D.M. Wesceslao and Associates Incorporated, and Double Dragon Properties Corporation, for the construction of EDSA Busway bridges with concourse.
The structures, which will be donated by the said private partners, are indispensable components of the new EDSA Busway to further provide safer, more convenient, and PWD (Persons with Disabilities)-friendly walkways for the riding public using the EDSA Busway stations, and for pedestrians crossing EDSA from one side to the other.
To recall, the EDSA Busway — a system that utilizes a dedicated median lane for Public Utility Buses (PUBs) — which runs from Monumento in Caloocan City to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, was established in cooperation with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Since its launch, the EDSA Busway has effectively reduced travel time from the previous 3-3.5 hours from Monumento to PITX, to just 50 minutes to 1 hour.
DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade also underscored the benefits of the facilities and expressed gratitude to the government and private sector partners who have greatly improved the main thoroughfare of public vehicles.
Meanwhile, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim added that the project will significantly improve the travel experience of passengers along the country’s main thoroughfare.
The EDSA Busway bridges with concourse will be strategically located at the following locations: SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, President D. Macapagal Boulevard in Aseana City, and at EDSA near the corner of President D. Macapagal Avenue.
The target start of construction will be within the next 2 to 3 months once the detailed engineering design (DED) is finalized and necessary permits are secured and estimated completion date is from 6 to 8 months.
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