The Department of Transportation and Ayala Land Inc. on Friday inaugurated the One Ayala Terminal—a new bus stop in Makati to serve nearly one million workers who commute to the city on a daily basis.
One Ayala, a transit-oriented development at the corner of Ayala Ave. and EDSA, will serve as the Ayala stop of the EDSA Busway—a dedicated median lane for buses initiated by the DOTr and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
The DOTr teamed up with Ayala Land to facilitate the transfer of the Ayala stop from its former location at the curbside of EDSA starting November 19. The EDSA Busway Ayala stop is one of the most utilized stops and the transfer will greatly benefit thousands of commuters.
“As we open the One Ayala EDSA Busway Station, commuters—employees, workers and students alike—are provided comfort, convenience and safety a notch higher. Which is why I would like to express my gratitude to Ayala Land Inc. for supporting the interests of our commuters through this modern facility as a sign of our commitment to reforming our public transport infrastructure,” Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said.
The new One Ayala intermodal terminal is set to redefine the commuter experience. The entrance is right along Ayala Ave., making it conveniently accessible to those coming from the Makati central business district.
“A large percentage of the daytime population of Makati are commuters, and this is why we give utmost importance to having well-designed public transportation facilities. Being an inclusive city, we would like to ensure that we provide the proper transport infrastructure to serve all members of our community,” ALI president and chief executive Bobby Dy said.
The bus stop is part of transport hub, offering three terminals that serve south-bound buses, PUVs and modern jeepneys that could accommodate over 300,000 passengers daily, according to Ayala Land.
Each of the three bays of the One Ayala EDSA Busway station can simultaneously accommodate nine buses on queue, totaling 27 buses. The facility is also equipped with restrooms, ample queuing area, seats for PWDs, senior citizens and pregnant women and bike racks.
Passengers headed northbound will have access to the station through the McKinley-Ayala Footbridge which is directly connected to the 2nd Floor of One Ayala Ave.
One Ayala is an iconic addition to the Makati skyline that serves a unique purpose. Aside from the terminal, the mixed-use development has a BPO and retail component and will have a hotel upon its completion.
People can expect a pleasant pedestrian experience overall as they are provided with a clean, well-designed restroom, food kiosks and an artwork at the second floor that they can appreciate while lounging around the terminal.