A GROUP OF YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS from Bicol is modernizing Legazpi City’s antiquated bus terminal by transforming it into an integrated transport-lifestyle complex with comfort features and leisure facilities for commuters.
The LKY Group recently held a soft opening of The Metro, Legazpi City’s state-of-the-art transport terminal on a 3.9-hectare land. Worth P150-million, the project is expected to showcase what terminals of the future should be.
Wilbert Lee, president of LKY Group, said The Metro is now going through a dry run that began last June 8. “We want the system to be perfect,” he said. “We’ll be starting off with jeepneys and filcabs (FX) first, then buses.”
Like a modern airport
The Metro is akin to a modern airport, with avant-garde design and efficient layout and a computerized system that gives much-needed order to the entry and exit of vehicles. Every driver is given a swipe card to serve as access card, ensuring fast and efficient terminal operations. The system is hooked to the TV monitors at the waiting areas for passengers to know the arrival and departure of their bus, jeepney or filcab.
Its waiting areas all have the comfort features that make commuting a breeze—luxurious, clean and fresh-smelling toilets, strategically located waiting areas and food stalls serving freshly cooked meals at affordable prices.
The Metro will also have a lifestyle hub that will be a haven for road-weary travelers looking for a place to relax. Patterned after the Bonifacio High Street, the lifestyle hub will have retail stores, restaurants and bars to cater to all ages.
Lee said retail outlets are already inquiring on The Metro’s leasing arrangements. “Unlike malls, our rates are purely on a per-square-meter basis,” revealed the young Lee who is the president of the chamber of commerce in Sorsogon, his home city.
Lee added that The Metro will be used by commuters not only from Bicol but even from Visayas and Mindanao. “We want it to be a one-stop-shop for all their needs,” he said.