MMDA hopes to enforce Edsa bus ban in August sans SC ruling

Robie de Guzman   •   July 26, 2019   •   2648

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing to enforce the ban on provincial buses along Edsa starting next month.

According to MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia, they hope to implement the long-planned policy in August while the Supreme Court (SC) has yet to resolve petitions filed against the bus ban.

The prohibition on provincial buses from plying along Edsa is the subject of three petitions filed before the SC. Petitioners alleged that the proposed policy is anti-poor and would greatly bring inconveniences to passengers.

“So as long as the court, hindi sinasabing itigil ‘yan tuloy-tuloy lang ‘yung plano namin, wala namang pumipigil eh,” he said.

The MMDA’s announcement comes after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) amended the routes of provincial buses plying Edsa.

READ: LTFRB amends routes of provincial buses plying Edsa

Under LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular 2019-031, all provincial buses from the north, whose terminals are located in Edsa, will temporarily stop at the Valenzuela Interim Terminal.

Buses coming from South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, with terminals along Cubao, will end their trip at the Sta. Rosa Laguna Interim Terminal to load and unload passengers. But if their terminals are located in Edsa along Pasay City, they will alight passengers at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

The memorandum circular also stated that its provisions will only take effect upon closure of all public utility bus terminals along Edsa by concerned local government units, and the accreditation of the identified Interim Terminals.

The MMDA said they will start enforcing the bus ban as soon as the LTFRB’s guidelines on provincial buses become effective.

The agency is also set to coordinate with local government units next week on the closure and revocation of business permits of provincial bus terminals along Edsa.

In line with the targeted enforcement of bus ban, the MMDA is planning to conduct another dry run next week.

Violators of the policy will be apprehended during the dry-run, according to Garcia.

“Dry run kami pero may huli,” he said. (with details from Joan Nano)

MMDA to implement traffic adjustments in Alabang, EDSA Balintawak starting Feb. 14

Robie de Guzman   •   February 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement traffic adjustments and traffic rerouting starting February 14, Friday in areas along Alabang in Muntinlupa City and Balintawak in Quezon City to give way to the ongoing construction of Skyway Extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects.

In an advisory, the MMDA said that beginning 11 p.m. Friday, one lane closure will be implemented on EDSA Balintawak Northbound towards North Luzon Expressway to give way to the erection of vertical bridge support under the EDSA Bridge as part of the Skyway Stage 3 project.

Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento are advised take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.

Meanwhile, two lanes will be closed on EDSA Balintawak going to Cubao on Sunday, February 16 for the erection of interconnection flatform tower on top of EDSA Bridge.

Light vehicles coming from Monumento via EDSA before reaching Balintawak may turn right to A. de Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.

The MMDA said the lane closures will be until March 5.

The agency also announced that starting 6 a.m. of February 16, one-way traffic scheme for southbound vehicles will be implemented in West Service Road of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Alabang Hills to Alabang Zapote Road to give way to the construction of Skyway Extension from Hillsborough to Filinvest Exit.

Skyway-Hillsborough off-ramp will be closed to traffic, and Class 2 vehicles such as buses and delivery vans from Magallanes to Alabang are not allowed along the elevated Skyway.

One-way traffic will also be implemented on Northbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., daily.

The MMDA said the same traffic scheme will also be implemented along Skyway from Sucat Interchange to Alabang-Zapote Road and on Southbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp daily from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.

The agency said the construction will last for three months.

Affected vehicles northbound are advised to take the Alabang via-duct at grade level.

Further, girders will also be launched along A. Bonifacio where one lane going to NLEX will remain passable and two lanes for those going to Manila for eight nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on February 22 to 29.

Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:

1.     Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.

2.     Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.

3.     Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.


The MMDA said the construction will last for 21 days or until March 5.

The Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project which connects Skyway/SLEX Buendia to NLEX Balintawak while the Skyway Extension project extends the existing toll road to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.

Both the Skyway Stage 3 and Skyway Extension Projects are part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong closed to traffic on February 8

Robie de Guzman   •   February 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong will be closed to vehicular traffic at 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Friday.

In an advisory, the MMDA said this is to give way to the movement of the equipment, including barges and cranes, downstream by the contractor for the Skyway Stage 3 project.

The agency advised affected motorists to expect traffic slow down and to take alternate routes.

The bridge, which connects the cities of Mandaluyong and San Juan, will reopen on Sunday, February 9 at 5 a.m.

‘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.

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