LOOK: The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A modern intermodal terminal is set to service commuters between Metro Manila and nearby provinces in Calabarzon.

Dubbed the Philippines' "first landport," the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) is a 4.5-hectare "all-in-one" terminal housing transportation bays, commercial spaces, and office buildings.

With a capacity of 100,000 passengers daily, the PITX offers seamless connections to other modes of transportation from provincial to in-city buses, taxis, jeepneys, and UV Express shuttles.

Located along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, it will be linked to the planned Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) Cavite extension.

TERMINAL. This image shows how to go to PITX. Photo from PITX

TERMINAL. This image shows how to go to PITX.

Photo from PITX

The PITX is a flagship project under the government's Build, Build, Build infrastructure program. It was awarded to MWM Terminals, a consortium of Megawide Construction Corporation and WM Property Management, under a 35-year build-operate-transfer concession with the government.

Here's a look at the PITX ahead of its inauguration on Monday, November 5:

State-of-the-art facilities

The PITX boasts state-of-the-art facilities, mostly devoted to integrating provincial and in-city bus transfers.

LIKE AIRPORTS. Instead of planes, the terminal will be for buses, jeepneys, UV Express shuttles, and taxis, with the airport feel. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIKE AIRPORTS. Instead of planes, the terminal will be for buses, jeepneys, UV Express shuttles, and taxis, with the airport feel.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Premium point-to-point bus operator UBE Express will also be offering rides from the PITX to Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals in Pasay City, according to MWM.

The first floor of the terminal houses an information center, bus ticketing counters, and bus boarding gates.

LOBBY. Commuters are welcomed with an information booth at the center of the lobby, with the ticketing counters on the right. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LOBBY. Commuters are welcomed with an information booth at the center of the lobby, with the ticketing counters on the right.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

At the counters, commuters can easily choose their preferred bus trips and seats from the terminal to any point in Metro Manila, Cavite, and Batangas. They can also buy tickets in advance. Online ticketing will later be launched.

TICKETING SYSTEM. Passengers can select seats. Discounts for students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities will also be computed. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

TICKETING SYSTEM. Passengers can select seats. Discounts for students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities will also be computed.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Right now, ticketing officers only accept cash payments. But MWM is looking at integrating automated fare collection through Beep cards.

TICKETS. Commuters can easily choose and buy bus tickets in advance at the ticketing counters. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

TICKETS. Commuters can easily choose and buy bus tickets in advance at the ticketing counters.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

MWM said the PITX can host around 70 bus trips per hour.

What differentiates the PITX from the regular bus terminal is that it will be stricter about trips departing on time. MWM installed CCTV cameras and sensors at the bus bays to monitor whether trips are on schedule or not.

MWM said buses are only allowed to enter their assigned bay 10 minutes before the trip, to avoid congestion in the area. If they arrive ahead of schedule, the sensors won't allow them to enter the bay.

QR SCAN. Only passengers with QR code scanned tickets will be allowed to pass through the boarding gates. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

QR SCAN. Only passengers with QR code scanned tickets will be allowed to pass through the boarding gates.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

BOARDING GATE. Monitors showing trip schedules for passengers to check the status of their trips. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

BOARDING GATE. Monitors showing trip schedules for passengers to check the status of their trips.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

While waiting for their trips, drivers may stay at the designated staging area for buses near the terminal.

LOADING BAYS. Buses can only stay at loading bays for 10 minutes before leaving the terminal. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LOADING BAYS. Buses can only stay at loading bays for 10 minutes before leaving the terminal.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Different modes of transport

Aside from the bus bays taking center stage at the first floor, public utility jeepney (PUJ) bays are also at the same floor.

The loading bay is located on the left side of the building, while the unloading bay is on the right side.

The second floor has the unloading bay for buses. There are a total of 36 loading bays and 23 unloading bays for buses.

BUS BAY. The PITX will have separate areas for departures and arrivals u2013 departures will be at the first floor, while arrivals are at the second floor. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

BUS BAY. The PITX will have separate areas for departures and arrivals u2013 departures will be at the first floor, while arrivals are at the second floor.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

At the third floor, there are 18 loading bays and 17 unloading bays for UV Express shuttles.

The proposed link to the LRT1 Cavite extension will be at the third floor as well.

CONNECTIVITY. The PITX will be connected to the Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite extension. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CONNECTIVITY. The PITX will be connected to the Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite extension.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

At the fourth floor of the building, there are 852 parking spaces for motorists.

PARKING. Motorists who opt to park their cars to hop on the buses may do so with the PITX's more than 800 parking spaces. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PARKING. Motorists who opt to park their cars to hop on the buses may do so with the PITX's more than 800 parking spaces.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Other facilities

The PITX aims to provide safe, secure, and convenient travel to passengers. Operations are 24/7, with CCTV cameras around.

SECURITY. Aside from CCTV cameras, the terminal will have roving security guards and K-9 dogs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SECURITY. Aside from CCTV cameras, the terminal will have roving security guards and K-9 dogs.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

There is also free Wi-Fi at every floor.

WAITING AREA. Comfortable seats for passengers waiting for their ride. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WAITING AREA. Comfortable seats for passengers waiting for their ride.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The terminal even includes an all-gender restroom, and pay lounges that have shower rooms. There is also a breastfeeding station for mothers to use.

PAY LOUNGE. Commuters who need a shower may use the terminal's pay lounge. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PAY LOUNGE. Commuters who need a shower may use the terminal's pay lounge.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

For those who want a moment of silence to pray, a prayer room is located at the third floor.

PRAYER ROOM. The terminal also has a designated prayer room where anyone can stay for a moment of silence.

PRAYER ROOM. The terminal also has a designated prayer room where anyone can stay for a moment of silence.

Several spaces around the terminal have been reserved by fast-food chains, food concessionaires, and retailers.

MWM said a supermarket will also be leasing one of the spaces, making the terminal an "all-in-one" spot.

FUTURE SHOPS. The terminal will house boutiques, restaurants, convenience stores, and a supermarket, for the convenience of commuters. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FUTURE SHOPS. The terminal will house boutiques, restaurants, convenience stores, and a supermarket, for the convenience of commuters.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Office buildings were also built in the terminal area, in a bid to ramp up development along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.

Leased spaces will be operational in 2019.

MULTILEVEL. The terminal will have different loading and unloading areas for each type of public transportation, as well as commercial spaces. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MULTILEVEL. The terminal will have different loading and unloading areas for each type of public transportation, as well as commercial spaces.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Decongesting Metro Manila

The PITX is seen to help decongest traffic within Metro Manila. The provincial and in-city transfers would pave the way for fewer southbound vehicles.

Under the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's provincial bus ban, buses coming from the south that do not have terminals in Pasay City are advised to use the PITX.

The ban was suspended late September, with the counterpart terminal in the north – the Valenzuela Interim Terminal – yet to be completed. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.

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