Wednesday, October 29, 2014
New Scheme Allows Buses at EDSA Underpasses
The bottleneck of vehicles along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) showed signs of easing up as provincial buses started using the underpasses, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday.
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, who personally observed the implementation of the bus scheme, said there was an uninterrupted traffic flow of vehicles along on EDSA-Crossing area.
“Before, both provincial and city operating buses congest the service road. Now, a number of provincial buses will be removed from the service road,” said Tolentino.
Under the scheme, provincial buses can use three underpasses along EDSA- Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong, P. Tuazon and Aurora in Quezon City.
Covered by the odd-even scheme, provincial buses with plate numbers ending with odd numbers (1,3,5,7 and 9) shall use the tunnels every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while those with plate numbers ending in even numbers (2,4,6,8, and 0) shall use the underpasses every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
On Sundays, provincial and city buses are barred from using the tunnels.
He said the scheme also hopes to decrease the travel time of commuters going to and from the provinces.
“Our objective is to help those who will be going home to the provinces during the holidays,” said Tolentino.
Another benefit of the scheme is traffic enforcers can easily detect city operating buses that wait so long for passengers at designated bus stops.
Tolentino said the scheme only covers provincial buses since they do not need to stop at bus stops along EDSA to pick up or drop off passengers while city buses use designated bus stops along EDSA.
During the ‘ber’ months, traffic volume is unusually heavy prodding the agency to implement traffic measures to reduce the anticipated traffic congestion during the holidays.
The scheme will be effective until January 4, 2015. Those who will violate the scheme may face a P500 fine.
The MMDA barred public utility buses from using underpasses years ago following the numerous accidents that occurred in tunnels.
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