THE SOUTH Integrated Transport System (ITS), a multimodal terminal located in a 5-hectare lot within the FTI compound in Taguig, will be built right beside Arca South, the newest business and lifestyle district of Ayala Land Inc. (ALI).

It will facilitate organized transfers of some 4,000 buses and 160,000 passengers expected to pass through the terminal daily.

The Department of Transportation and Communications and Arca South Integrated Terminal Inc., a fully owned Ayala Land company, have recently inked a 35-year concession agreement to build and operate the South ITS. Construction will start later this year and the project is expected to be completed by 2018.

Centralized ticketing

The six-story-high terminal will have a centralized ticketing facility, as well as passenger waiting areas, trip information displays, retail establishments and a car park.

For in-city commutes, motorists may opt to “park and ride”—park their private cars within the ITS and travel in-city using PUVs (public utility vehicles). This aims to decongest Edsa and potentially ease traffic within the city.

The public will also benefit from convenient amenities offered by the adjacent 74-hectare Arca South estate. This fast-growing business and lifestyle district will feature an Ayala Malls lifestyle complex, a six-tower Arca South Corporate Center, a 265-room Seda Hotel and a Qualimed hospital. A choice of residential offerings from Ayala Land Premier, Alveo Land and Avida Land are already being offered. It will become a gateway to major locations since it is minutes away from the Makati CBD, Bonifacio Global City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Estate management system

Arca South will have an estate management system in place for transport, traffic, estate security and monitoring. The development will have green spaces, pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes to help free up the roads.

“Arca South will be a conducive environment for people to live, work or visit, with all its conveniences and strategic access and links. The estate management systems will help ensure a lifestyle of efficiencies similar to other premier lifestyle and business destinations.” said Stephen Comia, ALI project development manager.

“With the Skyway/C5-C6 connector road plans underway, and a dedicated ramp that will link motorists and PUVs to the ITS terminal and Arca South, the development is a budding landmark of convenience and efficiency,” he added.