STARTING October the Province of Cebu will be operating the Cebu North Bus Terminal (CNBT) at its new home at SM City Cebu, this was announced by Governor Gwen Garcia on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
According to the information from the Capitol news portal, in January 2020, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has already expressed disinterest in renewing the terminal contract. Due to its plan to set up a government center where the police and fire stations will be located in Subangdaku.
It was observed that most of the passengers of the North Bus Terminal are residents of the Province, the reason why Capitol will operate the facility for buses bound for northern Cebu.
The new terminal is in cooperation with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. with the support of Senior Vice President Maria Eloisa “Marissa” Fernan.
The soft opening of the location of CNBT will be on October 12 while the full operation will be October 15, 2020.
According to Atty. Roy Salubre, head of the Provincial Treasurer's Office said a temporary canopy and parking bay for CNBT will be constructed in the space owned by a hotel near SM City Cebu.
The new terminal can accommodate 90 buses and 300 trips daily.
With the more relaxed community quarantine, it is estimated that passengers who will be using the terminal will reach 2,500 daily, this is half of it what is used to ferry daily.
Capitol explained that strict protocols must still be enforced during the departure of bus passengers to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (covid-19).
In line with the quarantine restrictions, the terminal in Consolacion has temporarily relocated from the former site of Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City.
Per Cebu Provincial Capitol and Mandaue government's agreement, CNBT buses can take city routes. (ANV/MMC)