MMDA to consider ‘window hours’ for provincial buses on EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 24, 2019   •   1431

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is considering allowing window hours for provincial buses on EDSA as implementation of bus ban remains uncertain.

According to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia they are still uncertain if the traffic scheme will be implemented by June.

“I’m going to suggest this to LTFRB, baka pwede from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., pwedeng papasukin ‘yang provincial bus sa EDSA,” he said.

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

The MMDA is still waiting for the go signal from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). 

“Definitely, we will not implement the policy if we are not ready,” Garcia said.


MMDA: Closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila to push through on August 24

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the scheduled closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila will push through on Saturday, August 24.

The temporary closure of the intersection was initially set last August 15 but it was not implemented as planned after the contractors encountered technical difficulties, according to the MMDA.

The said intersection will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for seven consecutive nights and will remain passable in the morning. This is to give way to the launching of a girder for the Skyway Stage 3 Project.

The MMDA earlier said an average of 17,000 to 18,000 vehicles will be affected by the temporary closure.

Affected motorists are advised to take the following routes:

FOR LIGHT VEHICLES:

  • From Shaw Boulevard/ V. Mapa, take straight towards Magsaysay Blvd. then Santol Street, right at Palanza, Landargun or Bayani Road, left at G. Araneta to destination and vice versa;
  • Vehicles from Cubao towards Manila area, along Aurora Blvd., right at Guirayan St., left at Palanza, left at Tomas Arguelles St. or Santol St. to Magsaysay Blvd. to destination;
  • Vehicles coming from N. Domingo and Blumentritt, take F. Roman, H. Lozada St. and J. Ruiz St.;
  • Vehicles coming from north: along C-3 Sgt. Rivera, right at Bayani, Landargun and Palanza St., left at Santol St., left at Magsaysay Blvd., and take V. Mapa, Old Sta. Mesa to destination

TRUCKS ROUTE:

  • From Quezon Avenue, E. Rodriguez Ave., straight towards España Blvd., left Lacson Ave. straight towards Nagtahan to destination (vice versa); or
  • Take Magsaysay Blvd., right at V. Mapa to Shaw Blvd. to destination and vice versa.

The intersection will fully reopen on Friday, August 30, the MMDA said.

QC Task Force launches ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019

The Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management has launched ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ which will dispatch more buses in Commonwealth Avenue.

Aside from the severe traffic, there are also not enough buses for an estimated 30,000 – 40,000 commuters in the area.

Rene Hanolino, one of the commuters, said he spends time just waiting for a bus ride every morning.

“Mga 15 minutes, pinakamatagal na sa akin iyon, pag-aabang. Kasi talagang madami namang pasahero. Tiyaga lang naman (Around 15 minutes, that is the longest time I’ve waited because there are a lot of passengers. It takes patience),” he said.

During the first day of the implementation on Tuesday (Aug 20), authorities directed the passengers to where they should wait for buses.

Traffic czar of Quezon City Task Force For Transport And Traffic Management Ariel Inton said the heavy crowd of passengers waiting for a ride have begun to block the roads.

“Sa dami nila, bumabara sa mga private vehicles. Iyong mga bus naman, sinasalubong nila kasi dumadating dito iyong mga bus, punuan na (Because of their sheer number, they block the private vehicles. Other passengers try to get ahead by catching the bus before it reaches the stop, so its already full by the time it gets there ),” he said.

Inton added that the ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ will be able to provide enough buses for passengers.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2019

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

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