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Number coding in Metro Manila suspended for Lenten break

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Policemen supervising the traffic situation in EDSA-Cubao area.

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the number coding scheme for private vehicles in Metro Manila beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in observance of the Holy Week.

The MMDA has also lifted the number coding for city and provincial buses on Wednesday, March 28, and Monday, April 2.  — UNTV News & Rescue

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MRT-7 construction along North Avenue begins, heavy traffic expected

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Construction of the 1st phase of MRT-7 along North Avenue began at 11 in the evening, Monday.

The contractor, EEI Corporation, will start the installation of barriers on one of the lanes of North Avenue in front of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).

Authorities are now advising the public to expect heavier traffic flow on North Avenue and nearby areas in the following days.

To address this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has designated alternate routes for motorists.

They may ply Mindanao Avenue, Visayas Avenue and Quezon Avenue to avoid the traffic congestion that may result during the construction of MRT-7 along North Avenue.

The project’s contractor said the completion of three segments of MRT-7 along North Avenue may take one year. – UNTV News & Rescue

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I-ACT to deploy buses in areas where passenger jeepneys are affected by Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok Operation

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has identified 7 routes where passengers get stranded because of unavailable public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said this is a result of the inter-agency council on traffic operation against dilapidated and smoke belching PUJs.

LTFRB adds that drivers may have gotten scared of getting caught, having their vehicles impounded and having them meted out with penalties.

This prompted the agency to ask bus operators to help them address the need for mass transportation in the said areas.

“We cannot wait while jeepneys are getting fixed. In the meantime. What will happen to the passengers,” LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

The LTFRB will give special permits to buses to traverse these routes for 3 months.

The LTFRB will first deploy in buses in Commonwealth to Trinoma route, Commonwealth to Cubao route, Marcos highway to SM Masinag to Cubao and EDSA Shaw to Stop and Shop in Manila.

Fare for ordinary buses will be P10, while fare for air-con buses will be P12.

The buses will be deployed during peak hours from 5 to 9 in the morning and from 4 to 7 in the evening.

To date, the LTFRB is still determining other routes that will be experiencing the same problem.

Jeepney operators, on the other hand, believe that this move signals the beginning of the phasing out of PUJ’s.

“It’s very clear elimination effort. It’s very clear PUJ’s are getting all the way out on the road,” Stop and Go Coalition President Jun Magno said.

Magno also laments that a continuing apprehension of jeepneys will result in bigger problems.

“Many stranded [passengers] and [the government] cannot supply [the demand],” Magno said.

LTFBR stresses that the augmentation of buses does not mean they will phase out jeepney units.

The government maintains that they aim only to eliminate worn out models and smoke-belching jeepneys and retain the ones that are safe for public use. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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MMDA temporarily halts construction of MRT line 7 rail track in Quezon City

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

MRT line 7 rendering

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has explained that the MRT-7 Project traffic management task force gave them a short notice about the construction, prompting the agency to postpone it.

“The MMDA is 100 percent in support of the governments Build, Build, Build program. The public needs it. We are just fixing what is being done,” MMDA assistant general manager, Jojo Garcia said.

The agency added that it will study first the possible impact on traffic flow of the construction of MRT-7 along North Avenue, Quezon City.

The agency noted North Avenue is too narrow unlike Commonwealth Avenue, where some parts of the MRT line seven is being constructed.

The construction will occupy one lane of the North Avenue, leaving motorists with only two lanes to use.

“This will help discuss what really the plans are, like rerouting schemes, and if they have additional inputs, and if they need enforcement, we will do it right away,” MRT-7 Traffic Management Task Force PIO, Evangeline Evangelista said.

Based on the plan of MRT-7, the construction of its first phase will begin in front of the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center and on Agham Road. The second phase will begin on a part of Agham Road and Mindanao Avenue, while the third phase will start on EDSA and Mindanao Avenue.

 

The MRT Line 7 is a 22-kilometer rail system that will begin on EDSA North Avenue and will end in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

The government targets to complete its construction in the first quarter of 2020. — Mon Jocson| UNTV News & Rescue

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