I-ACT to deploy buses in areas where passenger jeepneys are affected by Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok Operation

UNTV News   •   January 17, 2018   •   5032

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has identified 7 routes where passengers get stranded because of unavailable public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said this is a result of the inter-agency council on traffic operation against dilapidated and smoke belching PUJs.

LTFRB adds that drivers may have gotten scared of getting caught, having their vehicles impounded and having them meted out with penalties.

This prompted the agency to ask bus operators to help them address the need for mass transportation in the said areas.

“We cannot wait while jeepneys are getting fixed. In the meantime. What will happen to the passengers,” LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

The LTFRB will give special permits to buses to traverse these routes for 3 months.

The LTFRB will first deploy in buses in Commonwealth to Trinoma route, Commonwealth to Cubao route, Marcos highway to SM Masinag to Cubao and EDSA Shaw to Stop and Shop in Manila.

Fare for ordinary buses will be P10, while fare for air-con buses will be P12.

The buses will be deployed during peak hours from 5 to 9 in the morning and from 4 to 7 in the evening.

To date, the LTFRB is still determining other routes that will be experiencing the same problem.

Jeepney operators, on the other hand, believe that this move signals the beginning of the phasing out of PUJ’s.

“It’s very clear elimination effort. It’s very clear PUJ’s are getting all the way out on the road,” Stop and Go Coalition President Jun Magno said.

Magno also laments that a continuing apprehension of jeepneys will result in bigger problems.

“Many stranded [passengers] and [the government] cannot supply [the demand],” Magno said.

LTFBR stresses that the augmentation of buses does not mean they will phase out jeepney units.

The government maintains that they aim only to eliminate worn out models and smoke-belching jeepneys and retain the ones that are safe for public use. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

QC Task Force launches ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019

The Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management has launched ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ which will dispatch more buses in Commonwealth Avenue.

Aside from the severe traffic, there are also not enough buses for an estimated 30,000 – 40,000 commuters in the area.

Rene Hanolino, one of the commuters, said he spends time just waiting for a bus ride every morning.

“Mga 15 minutes, pinakamatagal na sa akin iyon, pag-aabang. Kasi talagang madami namang pasahero. Tiyaga lang naman (Around 15 minutes, that is the longest time I’ve waited because there are a lot of passengers. It takes patience),” he said.

During the first day of the implementation on Tuesday (Aug 20), authorities directed the passengers to where they should wait for buses.

Traffic czar of Quezon City Task Force For Transport And Traffic Management Ariel Inton said the heavy crowd of passengers waiting for a ride have begun to block the roads.

“Sa dami nila, bumabara sa mga private vehicles. Iyong mga bus naman, sinasalubong nila kasi dumadating dito iyong mga bus, punuan na (Because of their sheer number, they block the private vehicles. Other passengers try to get ahead by catching the bus before it reaches the stop, so its already full by the time it gets there ),” he said.

Inton added that the ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ will be able to provide enough buses for passengers.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Learn: Decongesting EDSA traffic once Build, Build, Build road projects are complete

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2019

The Duterte administration has been relentless in carrying out infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program which is expected to decongest the traffic along E. delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

This move is prompted by the fact that despite the policies being implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila, it seemed to have gotten worse due to the increasing volume of vehicles and the lack of discipline among motorists.

MMDA traffic chief, Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija claims that “volume talaga ang problema natin [(vehicle) volume is the real problem]. I mean, hindi naman ito ganito noong summer na walang pasok hindi rin naman ganito to noong hindi tag-ulan. So we will be managing as it is kasi wala naman talaga kaming bagong polisiya [I mean, it wasn’t like this last summer when students were on vacation; it wasn’t also like this during the dry season when there is no rain. So we will be managing as it is as we don’t really have new policy].”

Based on original design, EDSA can only accommodate around 260,000 passing vehicles per day.

The latest MMDA information, however, showed that vehicles passing EDSA every day have already exceeded 400,000.

To date, travel speed along EDSA is at 19 kph, and traversing the whole stretch of the said national highway will take around two hours.

And to address this concern, alternative routes such as the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX- SLEX Connector and the C-5 South-link Expressway had been put into place.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said once the Skyway Stage 3 is completed, there will no longer be a need for the more than a thousand motorists to pass by the whole stretch of EDSA from Makati, Manila and Quezon City and vice versa.

The NLEX-SLEX Connector is also seen as a big help in curbing the volume of vehicles going to and from Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.

Even the opening to C5-Southlink expressway is expected to somehow decongest EDSA as it will provide an alternative route to motorists in going to the southern portion of Metro Manila and back.

The MMDA estimated that around 100,000 vehicles will be reduced along EDSA once the projects are completed and become open to the public.

“Well, it will increase the length of our road networks. Alam naman natin na [We all know that] we are lacking 3,000 kms of road network. If that happens, it means almost 1/4 of the volume that we have. It’s almost two lanes ang mape- free up natin [will be freed]. That’s a big advantage to us,” Nebrija added. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

DPWH to conduct road repairs from August 16-19

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways is set to conduct road repairs and reblocking from August 16 (Friday) to August 19 (Monday), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the road repair will start at 11 p.m. later in the following roads:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA fronting Sojen and fronting Chevrolet (5th lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA from Magallanes – Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes – Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • Katipunan Ave. from approach Boni Serrano Tunnel (truck lane)
  • Quezon City along EDSA Southbound between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Theresa Heights and before Belfast (inner lane)
  • Elliptical Rd before Commonwealth Ave. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)


WESTBOUND

  • General Luis before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND

  • EDSA before New York St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • C-5 Road C.P Garcia approach to Kalayaan Ave. Ext.


Motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

Affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 19.

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