PROPERTY giant Megaworld Corp. is set to open its Transport Hubs this year to serve the requirements of Western Visayas’ first premium point-to-point (P2P) service in Iloilo Business Park in Iloilo City.
The firm, in a press release, said the P350-million Iloilo Business Park Transport Hubs will have two terminals – one for departures and another for arrivals.
The project will be strategically located along the township’s Megaworld Boulevard, just in front of the Festive Walk Mall.
Each terminal sits on a 4,000-square meter lot each.
It will feature its own Traveler’s Lounge, an airconditioned facility where passengers can relax and wait for their trips at the Departure Terminal.
It will also cater passengers waiting for their transits or pick-up vehicles at the Arrival Terminal.
Each lounge will have shower rooms and toilets, all for the convenience of departing and arriving passengers, it said.
At the Traveler’s Lounge of the Departure Terminal, passengers will also have the convenience of booking and purchasing their tickets at its own ticketing booths.
It will also have Breastfeeding Stations with Free Wi-Fi access.
Each terminal will also have its own Food Park where passengers can indulge in wide array for food choices while waiting.
At the second and third level of each terminal, 200 parking slots will be made available for free.
Jose Arnulfo Batac, Megaworld’s head for estate management, said they aim to provide world-class and convenient service in land transport for the local and international travelers in and out of Iloilo City.
“Hopefully, this will serve as a model for other transport hubs in the region,” he added.
The Land Transportaion Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Region 6 is rolling out the first premium P2P buses in the region today with Iloilo Business Park as its main hub in Panay Island.
The project is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), a flagship program spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Around 106 P2P buses equipped with the auto-pay system will be launched serving various routes including Iloilo Business Park to Iloilo Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Roxas Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Kalibo Airport, and Iloilo Business Park to Caticlan Airport (Boracay), and vice versa.
Also, LTFRB-6 will simultaneously launch other modernized PUVs comprises of 365 taxis and 165 jeepneys, which are also equipped with the auto-pay system.
“We thank LTFRB Region 6 for this partnership, and we hope that we are able to contribute to the success of this modernization campaign for the betterment of the country’s transport industry,” Batac said.
Batac said that all of their townships, especially those in urban centers, serve as convergence points of motorists and commuters.
“We integrate transport hubs in our developments to meet the transport needs of the local community,” he added. (PR)