Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal
|Location||Tagapo, Santa Rosa, Laguna|
|Owned by||SM Prime|
|Opened||26 March 2019|
The Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, also known as the SM Santa Rosa Transport Terminal, is a bus station in Santa Rosa, Laguna in the Philippines. It is the second of three planned provincial intermodal terminals for the south of Manila under a public-private partnership arrangement. Starting June 2019, the terminal will handle province-bound and incoming buses from Calabarzon and the Bicol Region, as well as other provincial buses plying the nautical highway in the south pending the completion of, and as an alternative to, the Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange.
The Santa Rosa terminal is located in the barangay of Tagapo adjacent to Santa Rosa's poblacion (Malusak) and close to the city's border with Biñan. It is directly connected to the SM City Santa Rosa shopping mall on the Manila South Road, just south of another shopping mall, Robinsons Place Tagapo (former Robinsons Santa Rosa). Nearby landmarks include Brent International School Manila, the United Laboratories pharmaceutical plant, Alonte Sports Arena, the Santa Rosa Multi-purpose Complex, and Santa Rosa de Lima Parish Church. The terminal is about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi) north of the older Santa Rosa bus terminal in Balibago. The nearest rail transit station, the Santa Rosa railway station, is about midway between these two terminals.
The proposal for a second integrated terminal in the southeast of Metro Manila was first submitted in October 2016 by Santa Rosa mayor Danilo Fernandez. A 9-hectare (22-acre) site on the Biñan–Santa Rosa Access Road was presented to Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade as an alternative to the Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange. The proposed site was 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) east of the South Luzon Expressway Mamplasan Interchange which will also be the terminus of the Cavite–Laguna Expressway, now under construction. It was modelled after an earlier contract signed in January 2016 for the South Integrated Transport System project also involving private investment.
The Santa Rosa terminal is part of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority plan to reduce traffic congestion in Metro Manila by taking some 3,000 to 4,000 southbound provincial buses off its busy streets. It was one of eleven sites in the peripheries of Metro Manila and adjacent suburbs that were submitted to the Department of Transportation for consideration for development. Santa Rosa is one of three immediate suburbs of Metro Manila in Laguna covered by city bus services and where bus operators are permitted to serve city routes including EDSA. The proposed terminal would allow for travellers to continue to their destination in Metro Manila through either the South Luzon Expressway or the Manila–Cavite Expressway via the Cavite–Laguna Expressway, as well as through other forms of public transportation such as the Metro Commuter railways, UV Express vans and jeepneys.
In March 2019, the Metro Manila Council approved MMDA Regulation No. 19-002 prohibiting the issuance or renewal of permits to all bus terminals on EDSA, with the objective of permanently closing down all 46 terminals along Manila's main thoroughfare and the relocation of all provincial buses to the designated bus stations in the north and south of the region starting June 2019.
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