Netizens offer suggestions to improve traffic flow in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2019   •   3386

After the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted the dry run of provincial bus ban on EDSA, several netizens has thrown in their suggestions on how to solve severe traffic.

Facebook page Waterdiet suggests giving more space to public utility vehicles (PUV).

Another netizen, Louwie Gan suggested banning private cars during rush hours instead of banning provincial buses.

Meanwhile, EDSA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said they are open to suggestions for solving severe traffic in Metro Manila.

“We need to conceptualize this based on our setting proposed this to the policy makers get it approved and get it funded then we implement it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Modified number coding scheme to take effect in Metro Manila on June 8 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A modified number coding scheme with exemptions will be implemented in Metro Manila starting Monday, June 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the modified number coding scheme will take effect next week after it was approved by the Metro Manila Council in an online meeting held on May 26.

Based on MMDA Regulation 2020-001 series of 2020, the following vehicles are automatically exempted from the modified number coding scheme:

  • Private vehicles with two or more passengers including the driver, provided that physical distancing is strictly observed and all passengers are wearing face masks
  • Private vehicles driven by doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel
  • All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), as specified on the latest guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Operators of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) are required to put signage so they could easily be recognized as ride-hailing services, the MMDA said.

The agency earlier expressed hope that exempting the medical frontliners from the modified number coding scheme provides them ease and convenience to their daily transport.

Public transport operations resumed at reduced capacity on June 1 when Metro Manila and other areas shifted to general community quarantine after more than two months on enhanced community quarantine.

Number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5.

The MMDA also clarified that the planned modified number coding scheme will still push through, although the exact date of its implementation is yet to be determined.

The MMDA explained that the new law on traffic still has to go through the legal process before it gets to be published in major newspapers to inform the public of its implementation.

Under the modified number coding scheme, private vehicles may still go on trip even if their car plate numbers are under a certain day-code as long as the passengers on board are not lesser than two.

Medical frontliners are exempted from the scheme.

On the other hand, Makati City will already be implementing the number coding scheme effective Monday, June 1. Vehicles that have two or more passengers will be exempted from the scheme. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Mabigat na trapiko, naranasan sa Metro Manila sa unang araw ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga kumpanya

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mabigat na trapiko ang naranasan sa ilang lansangan sa Metro Manila ngayong Lunes, Mayo 18 kasunod ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng ilang kumpaya sa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr. sa Ito ang Balita, partikular na naranasan ang mabagal na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Marcos Highway na boundary ng mga lungsod ng Pasig at Antipolo.

Ayon kay Edison “Bong” Nebrija, ang EDSA Traffic Czar ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), bumigat ang trapiko dahil sa ipinatutupad pa ring quarantine control points o checkpoints.

Mas naging dama aniya ang bagal ng galaw ng trapiko dahil sa mataas na volume ng sasakyang nasa kalsada ngayong araw kumpara noong naka-ECQ pa ang Metro Manila at mas limitado ang mga taong pinapayagang lumabas ng kanilang tahanan.

“Iba na y’ong volume ng vehicles kapag nasa general community quarantine at saka MECQ. Mas marami na po ngayon at very significant y’ong naging delay sa mga checkpoint because of the volume. Siyempre, marami po talaga mag-i-inspect saka hahaba po talaga y’ong queueing na tinatawag,” ani Nebrija.

Nasa ilalim na ng MECQ ang ilang lugar, kabilang na ang Metro Manila simula noong May 16.

Sa ilalim ng hakbang na ito, pinapayagan ang pagbalik ng kalahating porsyento ng operasyon at workforce ng mga negosyo at opisina ngunit obligado silang magpatupad ng safety at health protocols.

Kailangan ding maghanda sila ng shuttle bus o kaya ay mga pribadong sasakyan na maghahatid-sundo sa mga empleyado lalo’t suspindido pa rin ang operasyon ng public transportation sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Gayunman, limitado lang ang maaaring isakay rito at kailangang nakasunod sa physical distancing ang mga pasahero sang-ayon sa guidelines na inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID.)

Bunsod nito, mas dumami ang mga sasakyang bumibiyahe sa Metro Manila, pati na ang mga nagbibisikleta sa kalye.

Ayon kay Nebrija, inaasahan na nila ito dahil sa limited seating capacity ng mga sasakyang papayagang bumiyahe sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga taong pipiliing mag-bisikleta na lamang papasok sa kanilang trabaho, sinabi ng MMDA official na pinag-uusapan na ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya ang paglalagay ng “protected bike lanes” sa kahabaan ng EDSA.

“It’s on the table already na papaano natin bibigyan ng bike lane; hindi lang basta-basta bike lane lalong lalo na sa EDSA kundi protected bike lane,” ani Nebrija.

“Kasi ‘pag nag-transition na tayo sa GCQ, everybody will be there and we do not want na ma-mix y’ong mga bisikleta sa with private vehicles, public transport or motorcycles,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw rin ni Nebrija na nananatiling suspindido ang number coding scheme sa Metro Manila upang magamit ng mga empleyado ang pribado nilang sasakyan sa pagpasok sa trabaho. – RRD

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