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

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2019   •   468

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

Mass transport highway, express bus lane: proposed to solve EDSA traffic

Maris Federez   •   September 16, 2019

A lawmaker in the Lower House has proposed to dedicate an express bus lane, while another suggested reserving certain hours for mass transportations only along EDSA to solve the perennial traffic in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.

According to the data of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the average vehicular volume on EDSA is more than 400,000 every day and it is expected to increase further by 15 to 20% these BER-months.

House Committee on Transportation chairman Edgar Sarmiento suggested dedicating the innermost lane of EDSA as an express bus lane for those who will ride the MRT.

Three lanes will be allocated to private vehicles, while the outer lane will be for passenger buses that will stop in designated loading and unloading areas only.

These buses will be allowed to queue in for pick up and drop off of Metro Manila-bound passengers at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange and the Valenzuela Gateway Complex Terminal.

Sarmiento said this scheme will prevent bus drivers from over-speeding and from overstaying in loading and unloading areas and cause traffic congestion.

“We propose this to eradicate the kanya-kanya system of the buses wherein they compete with each other creating chaos through overtaking, overspeeding, and overstaying,” Sarmiento said.

Meanwhile, Caloocan representative Edgar Erice has proposed the dedication of mass transport highway which aimed at giving priorities to public commuters.

Under his proposal, private vehicles will be off-limit along EDSA on certain hours every day.

“Dapat yung limang lanes ng EDSA from 6 to 9am at 6 to 9pm dedicated lang sa mga public utility vehicles [The five lanes on EDSA shall be dedicated only to public utility vehicles from 6:00 to 9:00am and at 6:00 to 9:00pm],” he stated.

With the 6-to-9-scheme, private car owners will have the option to use alternative roads, leave the house earlier than usual, take the bus, or take EDSA only after 9 o’clock.

The MMDA said it welcomes the said proposals.

“Ito yung pro commuter talaga; para sa mga ordinaryo nating mamamayan na mas mapabilis yung byahe nila. Ngayon, pagdating sa private may mga alternatibo naman sabi nga ni Cong Erice [This is really pro-commuter; for the ordinary people to have faster travel experience. Now, when it comes to private (car owners), there are alternatives as what Cong. Erice said],” according to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.

These suggestions, as well as the others, will go thru the MMDA’s engineering team for further study and screening for the selection of the feasible solutions for EDSA traffic.

The selected suggestions will be submitted to the Metro Manila Council meeting in October. (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

LIST: Weekend road repairs, reblocking in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to motorists starting Friday night to give way to the scheduled weekend road repairs and reblocking, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.

In an advisory, the MMDA said repair works on the following roads will begin at 11 p.m. (Sept. 13) until 5 a.m. (Sept. 16):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA-Bansalangin to North Avenue (U-turn), 5th lane from sidewalk
  • EDSA-Magallanes-Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes-Alabang Bus Stop
  • C-5 Road near Market Market Mall
  • C-5 Road in front of Palar Village in Taguig City

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway-Salvia Street to before Belfast Road (outer lane)
  • Elliptical Road after Maharlika Street (8th lane from outer sidewalk)

WESTBOUND

  • General Luis Street-Rebisco Road to SB Road


NORTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. near Selecta Drive (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • Batasan/ San Mateo Rd. in front of Petron (1st lane from center island)
  • EDSA Main Ave. to before P. Tuazon tunnel (1st lane from the sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Avenue/C-5 Road after CP Garcia St. (truck lane)

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

MMDA warns public of heavier ‘ber’ months traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warns the public of heavier traffic in Metro Manila during ‘ber’ months.

The MMDA expects the volume of vehicles to increase by us much as 20% in October. Based on their data, around 410,000 vehicles have been traversing EDSA in the past few days.

According to MMDA EDSA Traffic Head Bong Nebrija, this is higher than the recorded volume of vehicles in December last year.

“Halimbawa na lang kung ang isang bote ay may kapasidad na 268 [thousand] tapos lalagyan ng 410 [thousand], ay imaginin niyo na lang ang mangyayari, (For example, a bottleneck has a capacity of 268 [thousand cars] then you will place 410 [thousand]. Imagine what will happen)” he said.

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago assured the Mabuhay Lanes are free of obstruction.

“Iyong mga Mabuhay Lanes po namin sustained and maintained by MMDA. Okay naman po iyon, wala namang obstruction iyon na nakikita niyo 24/7, (Our Mabuhay Lanes are sustained and maintained by MMDA. [The roads] are okay, there are obstructions. You can see it 24/7)” she said.

Meanwhile, local government units (LGU) continue to conduct road clearing operations to maintain roads in the National Capital Region.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda).

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