PUJ, van terminals transfer extended

THE extended transfer of terminals of public utility jeepneys and vans in Zamboanga City will continue despite opposition by certain quarters.

However, it will be revised in what would be a win-win solution to the traffic problem without disregarding the welfare of the commuters.

Chief Inspector Albert Sta. Teresa, Zamboanga City Police Office’ traffic division chief, said the terminal transfer had eased the traffic congestion in downtown areas, better than before, except for minor factors.

Sta. Teresa said his team observed that sidewalk vending at new terminals and sidewalk parking in front of business establishments are factors that affected the free flow of vehicles and pedestrians.

Other factors are undisciplined drivers parking their vehicles at “no parking zones” compounded by litterbugs and the unsanitary condition at the new terminals, where mostly drivers and conductors just urinate.

Because of these, he has recommended the transfer of unloading area to Magay Street for the convenience of commuters, especially the elderly and persons with disability, as it is barely near the old public market.

Sta. Teresa, however, said Magay Street is a strictly a “no parking” zone.


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