Provincial Bus Ban in EDSA Moved to August 1 by MMDA
(Manila, Philippines) – The provincial bus ban in EDSA has just been rescheduled by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from its original date, July 15 to August 1. According to Jose Arturo Garcia, MMDA General Manager, they came up with the decision for changing the ban during their emergency meeting with provincial bus operators and other stake holders.
There will be a dry run during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) which will happen on July 24 and in return for compliance, the provincial buses traversing EDSA won’t have to go through the number coding scheme.
He added that this ban will only cover EDSA and C5 Road, streets in Manila and other areas of Metro Manila isn’t included in the number coding exemption.
Additionally, they’re advising provincial buses from the south to go to the MMDA-operated Southwest Interim Provincial Terminal (SWIPT) if they don’t have their own terminals in Pasay City since they’re only allowed to reach Pasay City during the ban. The same goes for provincial North buses; they can’t go further than Cubao, Quezon City.
Due to these events, the MMDA and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are talking about the possibility of cheaper fares for the provincial buses. Garcia said that lowering the fare is the answer since the trip will be cut shorter.
The MMDA believes that this provincial bus ban in EDSA will help decongest this highway especially at rush hour. They expect a shorter travel time for all vehicles navigating through the yellow lane during the busy hours of Metro Manila.
This ban was given a go signal by the Metro Manila Council in efforts to ease the traffic in NCR. Buses won’t be allowed to pass along EDSA at seven to ten in the morning and six to nine in the evening.
source: Manila Bulletin