The country’s first barge terminal, the Cavite Gateway Terminal Phase 1 Project in Tanza, Cavite is now 90% complete and will be launched before the end of June to partly decongest Metro Manila trucking traffic.
The terminal, which now has over 300 workers laboring 24/7, will accommodate barges, which will ferry 20- and 30-footer container trucks now plying the routes of Metro Manila from Subic Port in the North and Batangas Port from the South.
It will also have 550 ground slots for containers. It was constructed to decongest Metro Manila traffic by halving the number of cargo trucks plying its roads.
An estimated two to three hours of ferry time, with initial multiple pick-up locations from Cavite-Manila, Cavite-Batangas, and other future routes such as Cavite-Subic, this facility will have empty depot.
“This project will be a big help for motorists in Metro Manila, especially the working class,” according to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, who inspected the facility over the weekend.
“Big trucks are equivalent to as many as three vehicles each. The moment they are out of the road, it will be more convenient,” he pointed out.