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.
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)
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.
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