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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience part 2

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Aug 8 – Last Thursday, I went to BGC for another event coverage and this time I dropped off at the new Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal in Coastal mall in Paranaque City. I have no choice but to take the new bus scheme. There’s some jeepneys that travels to Baclaran, but I’m not very comfortable in taking the jeep during day time.

my adventure starts here when I rode the bus coming from Cavite and all buses will stop at the end of the Coastal road.

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Coastal road – Macapagal road shortcut (left turn) is not allowed for public bus, the bus driver attempts to take a left turn going to Macapagal road, the road leads to the new terminal, but the traffic enforcer didn’t allow the bus to take a left turn, I guess that its for private vehicles only.

There’s traffic in the entrance of the Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal, bus drivers want to avoid that.

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Same scenario on my 1st time to try the new bus scheme, during the red stop sign, all passengers dropped off here in the middle of the highway in Coastal road, so we walked going to the Airport road.



Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
I took the footbridge connecting a small road in Airport road, then I ride a taxi cab going to BGC.

I’m satisfied with this scheme, but Im not sure if it is convenient for me if ever I will go to SM MOA and not ride a taxi, there’s a shuttle in Baclaran that transport commuters to SM MOA, but what about the people coming from Cavite? so we need to ride another jeep to go to Baclaran just to get another ride to SM MOA. Instead of having two rides, now we have three rides – means the transportation fees are now much expensive compare last time.

and here’s my experience after my BGC event coverage, and time to go home at an early time.
I took the bus from Ayala EDSA going to Coastal terminal

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Bus stopped over here in SM MOA, I can take the shuttle ride here to Cavite, but it was 2pm and its too early for the shuttle ride. It will take hours for the shuttle before it takes off and load it with passengers. Because people ride the shuttle at its peak around 4pm. So I still take my chance of trying the Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal.

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
The bus arrives in Coastal mall and they dropped off us in front of the main side of the mall


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
So here’s my view

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
The old Coastal Mall.


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Lots of City buses lining up



Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
I just experienced a little convenience here..
but I just hate to walk in a dusty area


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
I discovered that the path to the terminal is under construction, so we need to enter the mall to go to the Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal area.


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
that yellow shuttle is a transport to SM MOA, I looked around and saw no terminal for that shuttle, I’m not sure where it came from


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
more bus in line


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
I walked in the side of the Coastal mall, and I see lots of abandoned stores


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
behind me is the “no longer” maintained mall – today it looks like an abandoned warehouse

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
that’s one of the bus that I ride going to Cavite


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
So before I enter the Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal, I went around the waiting area of the city bus going to Manila.


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
seats for commuters


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
city bus terminal sign – I noticed that there are no bus to Lawton, so the only way to go there is ride a taxi or take the UV express.

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Bus destination index


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Aircon and non aircon bus lining up and waiting for passengers

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
City bus terminal HQ


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Spotted: The UV Express shuttle going to Lawton


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Looks like that Coastal mall will bring back its energy..I hope they bring back Jollibee too.


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Saw some commuters are confused and they asked questions to a UV express driver a route to their destination.


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Entering the Coastal mall…the guard told me that the mall has access to the terminal.
The commuters walkway that time is under construction, you can take the walkway to the terminal, located outside the mall.

entering this mall is so scary. hahahaha
looks like a – haunted mall



Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
dark…humid

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
there are still some small stores surviving here…


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
sari sari store…


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
closed and abandoned store stalls

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
and now Im here in Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Provincial bus should unload passengers here, but because that there’s traffic in entering the mall, they have only one entrance for buses, the passengers are dropped off in Coastal road instead.


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
signs…


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
bus going to Tanza, Cavite

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
more signs… I’m happy to learn that they have comfort rooms


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
they have a provincial bus mock up or mascot

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
time to look for my ride

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
not crowded as of 2pm


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
incoming bus

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
Bus to Trece


Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
I’m glad that bus drivers are obeying the signs, they park here according to the destination posted above

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
There’s my ride….

Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal experience 2
at 2pm, there are lots of passengers already, I’m very comfortable with this set up, but I’m not comfortable in having long walks and entering a haunted mall.

Its quick…easy…and convenient for us commuters coming from Cavite and Batangas.
The new terminal gives and teaches new discipline to commuters and also bus drivers and operators.

Watch out for my part 3 of my adventure and experience in Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal.

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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