MANILA, Philippines – In order to help ease the heavy flow of vehicles along this stretch of Marcos Highway, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)on Wednesday started the implementation of a new traffic management scheme, particularly starting in front of Robinsons Metro East Mall and Sta. Lucia East Mall in Marikina City.
If before, jeepneys were allowed to load and unload passengers in front of this mall, doing so now is prohibited.
All jeepneys and private vehicles that will unload or load passengers will have to take a right turn on the access road going to the back side of the Robinsons Mall.
Jeepneys will have to exit the road beside the Sta. Lucia Mall, and ply the stretch of Marcos Highway.
The new traffic management scheme aims to lessen the huge traffic problem in the area, especially during rush hour because jeepneys occupy almost the entire lane of the road in front of the mall.
The new scheme is expected to ease the heavy flow of vehicles in the area as the fourth lane of the highway is closed to traffic due to the ongoing construction of the LRT line two extension, and private vehicles can use only a single lane.
The MMDA has also set up fences in front of the mall so passengers could not attempt to violate the new traffic rule, and thus, wait for vehicles on the back of the mall.
Fifteen traffic law enforcers have been deployed in the area to manage the flow of vehicles and assist jeepneys plying the newly designated route.
MMDA will issue tickets to violators and order them to pay a fine of P650.
Erring passengers, on the other hand, will face jaywalking penalties.
The management of the mall, meanwhile, assured to put signages in front of the mall to remind motorists of the right direction.
“We’re just waiting for all the signages so that commuters will know where to go… where the direction is. When you go inside the mall, where you will go. All the signages are already there,” Robinsons Malls Director for Operations in Luzon Irving Wu said.
The local government officials also plan to open some alternate routes in Marikina City to ease the huge volume of vehicles plying the Marcos highway.
“We will use the interior streets inside Marikina as alternative route particularly for private vehicles. We saw 2 roads that can serve as alternate routes while the terminal of LRT is being constructed,” Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.
Based on the estimates of the local government unit of Marikina City, the number of vehicles plying Marcos highway will be lessened by 60% once the new alternate routes are opened. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue