New MMDA head bares game plan for EDSA Busway, U-turn issues

Could we see more changes on EDSA soon?
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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) new chairman is off to a running start.

Benhur Abalos has bared the changes that he plans to make on EDSA during his first day on the job. In a meeting with agency officials, the former Mandaluyong City mayor discussed issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and traffic plans for the country’s busiest thoroughfare.

According to Abalos, number one on the agency’s list of priorities is continuing to address the COVID-19 pandemic in cooperation with relevant government bodies. “Top on the list is the authority’s continuous efforts in mitigating the effects of the pandemic,” he said. “We will focus on coordination with the authorities and local government units especially since the vaccine is underway.”

In addition, he revealed his plan to discuss the EDSA Busway with Department of Transportation (DOTr) head Arthur Tugade, and said that the opening of Skyway Stage 3 should alleviate EDSA traffic by a considerable amount. Abalos also revived talks about implementing elevated busways to address EDSA’s U-turn issues and added that moving the motorcycle lane to the rightmost side of the highway is on the table.

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Granted, none of this is new. The idea of building elevated busways on EDSA came up months ago, and plans to move the motorcycle lane to the rightmost side were bared by agency traffic chief Bong Nebrija at the start of the year. Still, it’s good to see that Abalos is already updated with everything that’s going on within the MMDA as early as now.

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