“It’s not about the number of lanes, it’s about discipline.”
That’s what Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) special operations commander Bong Nebrija had to say on social media about an ongoing online petition to provide an additional bus lane along EDSA to help alleviate traffic. Check out his official Facebook post below:
The notorious Metro Manila thoroughfare has been the subject of discussions and debates in the past few weeks, with a number of proposals from the commuting public making the rounds on social media. The traffic chief, however, believes that increasing the number of bus lanes on EDSA will only lead to more problems, since he expects that buses will still not stay within the assigned lanes.
Nebrija said he is still open to the possibility of an additional bus lane, on two conditions: First, if all bus drivers will undergo a professional re-examination, and second, if heftier fines will be imposed on commuters who board or alight from public utility vehicles outside of designated loading and unloading areas.
“Many say we need to move people, not cars. I also agree, but it’s different when you talk about this in the classroom, when you’re the policy-maker, when you’re a commuter, and also it’s different when you’re on the ground. My take as an enforcer is to move people responsibly and safely...and definitely, it’s not like this,” Nebrija added.
Do you agree with the MMDA traffic chief’s thoughts?