The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has taken the next step to ease the traffic situation in time for the holiday shopping rush by identifying "Christmas lanes" to serve as alternate routes for motorists.
According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, the "Christmas lanes" will decongest the perennial bottlenecks on EDSA.
"For their own convenience, we are asking the public to use these alternate routes. We will clear these routes of obstructions and detail traffic enforcers to assist them," Tolentino said.
To ensure that traffic on the designated lanes will flow smoothly, the MMDA will put up directional signs along the routes to guide motorists, to continuously clear of all forms of obstructions along these routes, and to immediately repair potholes and other road nuisances.
The Christmas lanes for those from the north and are going south start at the McArthur Highway and on various points on the North Luzon Expressway, particularly the newly opened Mindanao Avenue access ramp. For those from the south and are going north, the Christmas lanes start at the Coastal Road and the South Luzon Expressway.
"Our objective is for private motorists to bypass Edsa, thus, reducing traffic volume along EDSA," Tolentino added.
If the Christmas lanes are successful, they may eventually be renamed as "Mabuhay lanes."