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

Maris Federez   •   September 16, 2019   •   870

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

Mabigat na trapiko, asahan sa pagsasara ng ilang u-turn slot sa EDSA sa Lunes – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa mga motorista planuhing maigi ang biyahe dahil sa inaasahang mabigat na trapiko bunsod ng pagsasara ng ilang u-turn slots sa Lunes.

Labing-apat na u-turn slots sa kahabaan ng EDSA ang isasara upang bigyang daan ang tuluy-tuloy na pagbiyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus sa EDSA Busway sa ruta mula Monumento sa Caloocan City at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Una nang sinabi ng MMDA na unang isasara ang ikutan malapit sa MRT-3 North Avenue Station.

Ayon kay MMDA EDSA Traffic czar Bong Nebrija, hindi na sila maglalagay ng dagdag na mga tauhan para magmando ng trapiko bagaman inaasahan nila ang mabigat na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Lunes lalo na sa bahagi ng Quezon Avenue.

“Well actually, hindi naman namin kailangang magdagdag ng tao, ‘no. So, we will use the available deployment that we have right now. Ang ano lang naman diyan ang ine-expect namin would be sa Quezon Avenue. Tututukan na lang ng operations team namin yan to assist the deployment on the ground,” ang pahayag ni Nebrija.

Pinapayuhan rin ang mga motorista na dumaan sa mga alternatibong ruta.

“Start looking for your best alternate route and practice it as much as possible para masigurado ninyo po na wala yung—hindi nakasarado yung nga inner roads na yan na balak ninyong daanan,” ang wika ni Nebrija.

Naniniwala rin ang opisyal na babalik sa normal ang lagay ng trapiko makalipas ang dalawang linggo.

Humihingi rin ang MMDA ng pang-unawa sa publiko para sa gagawing hakbang.

Wala pang takdang araw kung kailan isasara ang iba pang u-turn slots sa EDSA ngunit inaasahang ipatutupad ito kapag nakumpleto na ang paglalagay ng concrete barriers ng MMDA. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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U-turn slots sa EDSA, isasara simula Sept. 28 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Isasara na simula sa Lunes, Setyembre 28 ang ilang U-turn slot sa kahabaan ng EDSA para maseguro ang tuluy-tuloy na biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus sa EDSA Busway.

Ayon kay Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) EDSA Traffic czar Edison “Bong” Nebrija, unang isasara ang U-turn slot sa EDSA-North Avenue malapit sa MRT-3.

Kabilang din sa mga nakatakdang isara ang U-turn slots sa pagitan ng Monumento at Balintawak, at pinapayuhan ang mga motorista na mag-U-turn sa Balintawak Cloverleaf at Monumento Circle.

Para naman sa mga dumaan sa U-turn slots sa pagitan ng Balintawak at Quezon Avenue, kailangan nang umikot gamit ang Cloverleaf at U-turn slot sa ilalim ng EDSA-Quezon Avenue flyover.

Habang ang. mga dumadaan sa U-turn slots sa Santolan at sa Roxas Boulevard ay maaaring dumaan sa ilalim ng Santolan Flyover sa Boni Serrano, sa Guadalupe, sa EDSA-Ayala Avenue Intersection, sa ilalim ng Magallanes Flyover at sa MOA Circle.

Layunin ng pagsasara ng U-turn slots na bigyang-daan ang tuluy-tuloy na biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus sa EDSA Busway mula Monumento sa Caloocan City hanggang Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Sinabi ni Nebrija na by-phase ang gagawin nilang pagpapatupad ng polisiya at wala pang petsa kung kailan isasara ang iba pang U-turn slots sa EDSA.

“Sa Lunes na yung sa MRT station. All the rest, titingnan pa namin kung kailan masasarado yung bus lane kasi maapektuhan lang naman yung U-turn once we close the busway with barricade. Eh ngayon, yan pa lang yung malalagyan namin ng mga barricade. So, yan lang muna yung masasarado,” ang wika ng opisyal.

Payo ng MMDA sa mga motorista, planuhing maigi ang biyahe at dumaan sa mga alternatibong ruta. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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3 additional median stops open on EDSA Busway

Maris Federez   •   September 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have opened three more median stops along the EDSA Busway.

This was announced on Sunday (September 6) by MMDA EDSA Traffic and Transport Zone Head Edison Nebrija.

He said the DOTr and the MMDA started operating the new bus stops on Saturday.

These were the North Avenue, Quezon Avenue Station, and the one in front of Q-mart – all in Quezon City.

He added that footbridges were also constructed in the concerned areas,

 “Sa tulong ng MMDA, 15 median bus stops na ang naitayo, at ang mga ito ay sunod-sunod na bubuksan oras na makumpleto ang iba pang safety and infrastructure requirements gaya ng barriers, lifters, at electricity,” the DOTr said in an earlier statement on Friday.

“Long-term plan ng DOTr na gawing 29 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga median bus stop sa EDSA,” it added.

The three bus stops were in addition to the four that were earlier opened in Guadalupe, Ortigas, Santolan, and on Main Avenue. —/mbmf

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