Well, that didn’t last long. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that it is suspending the dry run of its provincial bus ban along EDSA.
What’s the reason for the bus ban’s suspension? According to MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia, the MMDA, the Department of Transportation, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are still set to meet regarding the measure’s guidelines. Check out the announcement below:
“We will continue with the dry run once the guidelines and implementing rules have been ironed out by the three agencies involved,” Garcia said in a statement, adding that the agency wants to keep the bus ban from being politicized heading into the May 13 elections.
While the provincial bus ban may not be in effect, the agency’s ‘no loading and unloading’ policy is still being enforced.
The provincial bus ban is just one the regulations the MMDA hopes to implement to keep EDSA’s buses in check and minimize congestion. In March, the Metro Manila Council approved MMC Regulation Number 19-002, which essentially closes bus terminals along the major thoroughfare. Will these measures help improve the flow of traffic?