It seems as if the traffic situation in Metro Manila keeps worsening by the day. If you feel like driving around the city has never been more dreadful than right at this moment, then you’re probably correct—data from a recent study conducted by Waze in September 2019 reveals that our nation’s capital is poised to become the world’s worst city to drive in for the second year in a row.
According to a Bloomberg report, Waze’s data shows that it takes roughly five minutes to travel one kilometer in Metro Manila—a significant increase from the 3.8 minutes per kilometer tallied back in April 2019.
Motorists should take note, however, that this study was conducted at the start of the ‘ber’ months and nowhere near the peak of the imminent Christmas rush. In our previous report, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) revealed that the traffic situation on EDSA in July and August this year was already comparable to that of December 2016, and the agency expects vehicular congestion to worsen as we close in on the holidays. This also means there’s a good chance that the 5min/km figure may get even worse in the coming weeks.
How would you describe driving in the city? Do you agree with the statistics mentioned above?