MMDA eyes transfer of Cubao bus terminals to Valenzuela City

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2018   •   14789

QUEZON CITY, Philippines –  The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking to transfer the provincial bus terminals in Cubao, Quezon City to an interim terminal in Valenzuela City.

This is following the enforcement of a new traffic management scheme seeking to totally ban the provincial buses from plying along EDSA beginning August 15. Violators of the policy will be fined with P2,000.

According to the MMDA, the plan aims to ease traffic congestion in EDSA.

The Valenzuela interim terminals can accommodate around 300 bus units. It is planned to be operational starting August 15 and will serve as the main station for buses going to and from Central and Northern Luzon.

“Iyan talaga ang projection ng MMDA (na) tanggalin ang mga provincial bus terminal sa EDSA. We’re planning na doon na lang kung kakayanin,” explained Edison Nebrija, Head of MMDA’s Special Task Force.

There are 46 bus terminals along EDSA based on MMDA records and relocating these to another area might present difficulties for some passengers. The agency, however, clarified that the proposal is still being studied.

They are also coordinating with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the issuance of special permits for 150 city buses.

This is to provide access for buses to load and unload passengers from the interim terminal.

The agency is also looking to open the integrated terminal in Sta. Rosa, Laguna this year that will cater buses bound for Southern Luzon.

The agency remains hopeful that the new traffic management scheme will help in resolving traffic problem along EDSA. – Joan Nano / UNTV News & Rescue

‘Take alternate routes’: MMDA starts 10-month routine road repairs

Marje Pelayo   •   January 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday advised motorists to take alternate roads during routine repair works which will run for 10 months.

According to the agency’s released schedule. road re-blocking will be implemented in various cities in Metro Manila starting 11 p.m. of January 29 to January 31.

Details are as follows:

A. Location: Along C5, Ortigas flyover

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation / Major Repair of C5 Ortigas Flyover

Duration: 11pm to 5am on weekdays of January 31, 2020 – July 28, 2020 (180 days) *except weekends and holidays

B. Location: Along EDSA North Bound, near corner Taft Ave., Pasay City

Nature of Work: Proposed Temporary use of one (1) lane for Deliveries of Material/Concrete Pouring

Duration: 11pm to 5am of January 29, 2020 – February 4, 2020 (7 days)

C. Location: Along EDSA South Bound infront of AMA Towers Residences Building Mandaluyong City

Nature of Work: Proposed Removal / Dismantling of Existing Steel Safety Canopy (Wire Mesh)

Duration: 11pm to 5am of January 29, 2020 – February 4, 2020 (7 Days)

D. Location: Oroquieta Street C164.50 to C439.80 (SO2422LZ) Sampaloc Manila

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation of Oroquieta Street including drainage

Duration: reblocking shall commence at 11pm on all Fridays of January 31, 2020 – October 26, 2020 (270 days) and shall be opened to traffic by 5am on Mondays

E. Location: R. Magsaysay Blvd. and R. Magsaysay Service Road (C 712.00 to 1097.00 and C783.00 to 1077)

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation of R. Magsaysay Blvd. and R. Magsaysay Service Road including drainage system

Duration: reblocking shall commence at 11pm on all Fridays of January 29, 2020 – June 26, 2020 (150 days) and shall be opened to traffic by 5am on Mondays

“Motorists are advised to take alternate routes instead,” the MMDA advised the public.

MMDA calls out undisciplined motorists for worsening traffic on EDSA

Maris Federez   •   August 9, 2019

Since Friday last week, the traffic situation along EDSA has gone from bad to worse.

Commuters and motorists alike are blaming the Metropolitan Manila Development Authorities (MMDA) for its strict implementation of the yellow lane policy.

The MMDA, however, countered that the agency is only clearing out the lanes from undisciplined bus drivers who would haphazardly stop along EDSA to take in passengers.

MMDA said this practice would cause congestion as what happened last Monday (August 5).

Despite the measure taken by the MMDA, it earned criticism on social media, branding the agency as anti-commuter.

MMDA traffic czar Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija said yellow lanes on EDSA would never be congested if only motorists will learn how to give way to each other.

The MMDA pointed out that the lack of discipline of motorists, particularly city bus drivers, causes traffic congestion along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.

“Discipline. Kapag tinanong mo yung bus (driver), alam mo ba yung tama? Lisensyado ka ba? Alam mo yung tama? Oo, Sir. Alam mo yung mali” Yes, Sir. Alam mong mali yung ginagawa mo? Opo. Eh bakit mo ginagawa? Traffic, Sir, eh [When you ask the bus (driver), do you know what’s right? Do you have a license? Do you know what’s right? Yes, Sir. Do you know what’s wrong? Yes, Sir. Do you know that what you’re doing is wrong? Yes. So why do you still do it? Because it’s traffic, Sir],” Nebrija cited. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

MMDA awaits SC decision on fate of provincial bus ban

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

File photo: MMDA personnel accost provincial buses traversing Edsa. (Photo courtesy of MMDA)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Wednesday that it leaves the fate of the proposed provincial bus ban up to the Supreme Court (SC).

MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview that “it will depend on the order of the Court if they will tell us to scrap the policy or to hold its implementation.”

He added that they are just waiting for the court order.

Nebrija made the statement after several lawmakers filed separate petitions before the SC to stop the implementation of MMDA Regulation No. 19-002.

The order seeks to ban all provincial buses from plying along Edsa, which one of the petitioners, Albay Representative Joey Salceda, believes as “oppressive and unfair.”

Read: Salceda urges SC to halt provincial bus ban on EDSA

Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.

“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.

The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.

Read: MMDA: Edsa bus ban one of the best options in decongesting Metro Manila

Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.

Read: Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

/mbmf

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