San Miguel to propose bus terminal along NLEX-SLEX connector road

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — San Miguel Corp. (SMC) revealed plans to submit an unsolicited proposal to build a bus terminal along a road linking the north and south expressways to serve commuters entering Metro Manila.

The listed conglomerate confirmed that it will soon submit the proposal to the Department of Transportation to operate a "bus and foot terminal" along the connector road for the North and South Luzon Expressways. This terminal "will allow provincial buses and UV Express vans to drop off passengers to decongest traffic at the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)," the firm said on Monday.

SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said that they are eyeing a joint venture with the government. His pitch comes as the Metro Manila Development Authority wants to ban provincial buses along EDSA, which is the busiest thoroughfare in the capital.

READ: EDSA provincial bus ban postponed indefinitely – MMDA

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board also mulled converting UV Express vans into a point-to-point service, although this was strongly opposed by commuters.

The bus terminal pitch follows other unsolicited proposals floated by Ang. SMC has received original proponent status to build a new international airport in Bulacan, while Ang also announced that they will be asking permission from the government to build a new water source to supply to Metro Manila.

San Miguel wants to place the integrated terminal above the four-lane NLEX-SLEX Connector Road that currently connects C3 road in Caloocan City to Sta. Mesa, Manila. This will be linked to the elevated Skyway Stage 3 road being constructed by SMC's unit, Citra Central Expressway Corp.

Eyed completed by December, the third phase of the Skyway project will connect the SLEX via Makati to the NLEX entrance in Balintawak, Quezon City, allowing cars entering the metro to directly cross to the other expressway without passing through EDSA.

Ang is targeting to complete the terminal by March 2020, which they expect to serve up to 1,000 buses at any time.