Provincial buses clogging certain parts of EDSA might soon be a thing of the past.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that a resolution “prohibiting the issuance of business permits to all public-utility bus terminals and operators and other public-utility vehicles along EDSA” has been approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
“Our direction is to remove all bus terminals along EDSA and relocate them in the outskirts of the metro to minimize traffic congestion,” MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said in a statement, adding that his agency will recommend the closure of terminals by April this year.
MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia also said that they will conduct a dry run after Holy Week to prepare both bus operators and commuters, adding that the agency hopes to have these establishments shut down by June 2019.
There’s still a bit of red tape to go through before this becomes reality, though: The regulation must first be signed by the mayors that make up the MMC, and must be published before it may be implemented.
Do you think closing down these bus terminals will improve the flow of traffic on EDSA?