The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has officially launched the construction of three new concourses along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Tuesday (May 18).

The new transportation hubs are expected to make travel more comfortable along the historic thoroughfare for users of the bus system.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the three new concourse infrastructures will bring real change to EDSA.

“Taos puso ang aking pasasalamat dahil sa wakas makakamit at matitikman na ng publiko ang tunay an pagbabago sa EDSA gamit ang EDSA Busway Concourse. Mas magiging ligtas na ang pag-akayat at pagbaba ng mga pasahero sa mga sasakyan,” Tugade said during the online press briefing for the project.

Tugade noted that the loading and unloading of passengers will be much safer with the construction of the new bus hubs. Inside the concourse, ticketing booths and a dedicated concierge desk will be built.

A new automated fare collection system (AFCS) will also be implemented to increase convenience for travelers.

“Mas kumbinyente na rin ang pagsakay ng mga papmpublikong sasakyan dahil magkakaroon pa tayo ng ticketing booths, concierge, at turnstiles para sa automated fare collection system,” he shared.

“Meron tayong sistema na friendly sa ating mga senior citizen at persons with challenges and disabilities,” Tugade added.

The EDSA Busway Concourse Project is a partnership between the DOTr and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI), which is a subsidiary of conglomerate SM Investments Corporation.

The project has a price tag of P120 million and is expected to be completed in 10 months or sometime in 2022.

It will be built in strategic locations at SM North Edsa, Megamall, and Mall of Asia.

You can view an artist’s rendering of what the transportation hubs will look like once finished below.

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Image credit: DOTr’s Official Facebook Page