“We recently received some statistics from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) about the traffic situation in the nation’s capital—you might have read our previous story on Pasig City being the bottleneck capital of the metro already. These statistics were based on information that the agency had received from the local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.
“The data from both the agency and the LGUs pinpoint the biggest culprits behind heavy traffic in the city, namely: saturated demand, mixed traffic with pedestrians, public utility jeepneys (PUJs) loading/unloading passengers at intersections, the unruly driving behavior of motorists, and illegal roadside parking.”
“According to a report by ABS-CBN, there have already been five landslides reported along Kennon Road in 2019 alone, all of which were caused by heavy rains. Now, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Cordillera are looking to address this problem through a proposed massive rehabilitation project that will see this major thoroughfare closed for three whole years.”
“Remember our previous story about the suggestion to ban private vehicles on EDSA during rush hours? New discussions revolving around that proposal have popped up yet again, this time courtesy of Representative Edgar Erice from the Second District of Caloocan City.
“In a recent interview with DZMM, Erice brought up the idea of allowing only public utility vehicles (PUVs) to traverse EDSA during rush hours, specifically at 6-9am and 6-9pm. ‘Ang aking proposal, mula alas sais hanggang alas nuwebe ng umaga at mula alas sais ng gabi hanggang alas nuwebe ay ipagbawal na ang mga private vehicles sa EDSA. I-dedicate na lang natin yung five lanes ng EDSA for public buses, mga UVs, mga mass transport—yan na lang po ang pwede natin dapat padaanin diyan. From 6-9am, from 6-9pm,’ said Erice.”
“In a recent press briefing with Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade, San Miguel Corporation chairman and chief operating officer Ramon Ang talked about the current traffic woes surrounding Metro Manila. ‘Yun namang traffic sa EDSA, ang problema is we are adding more than 720,000 Japanese and Korean cars, hindi pa kasama diyan yung Indian at German. 720,000 new cars a year—wala naman tayong phase-out ng mga luma (na sasakyan). Wala rin naman tayong naitayong bagong highway or tulay or bridge, kaya nagkakaroon ng maraming problema ang trapiko.’
“He then revealed that an idea for a 10-lane elevated tollway along EDSA has been brought up with the DOTr. This tollway will stretch from Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City all the way to Balintawak. Ang also mentioned that the implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along the elevated roads will also help solve decongest EDSA even further. ‘Each BRT, 300 passengers. It can carry 1.5 million passengers a day,’ he added.”
“Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) has recently inaugurated its first township in Metro Manila: Bridgetowne. Contrary to what motorists may assume, this town may actually help alleviate the congestion in its surrounding areas—particularly Quezon City and Pasig —rather than worsen the current traffic situation.
“This is because the 30.6-hectare township will include a four-lane 200-meter bridge that will connect the two cities. The bridge will also include a one-meter-wide bike lane and a 1.5-meter-wide pedestrian lane.
“‘More than linking the two cities on which the estate will rise, the bridge will allow people to conveniently enjoy the best that Quezon City and Pasig can offer,’ said Robinsons Land president and chief executive officer Frederick Go. ‘This bridge will help alleviate traffic, especially for those coming from the east. I’m sure it will be a very welcome infrastructure for everyone.’”