I-ACT taps more than 100 civilian volunteers to manage traffic in QC

admin   •   October 20, 2016   •   3314

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On Thursday, more than a hundred civilian volunteers from Quezon City went through a traffic management seminar conducted by the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or i-ACT.

These volunteers will serve as additional manpower of i-ACT in managing traffic along secondary roads such as the Mabuhay Lanes.

The said seminar was held in coordination with the Task Force Daloy Trapiko, which consists of motorcycle and bicycle riders.

“We formed this Task Force Daloy Trapiko to augment the need of the government.  Normally, we would complain about the traffic and then we realized that we should help instead; primarily, to fill up those shortages in enforcers of the i-ACT,” said Task Force Daloy Trapiko head Edwin Rodriguez.

The volunteers were taught about basic traffic signs, rules, violations and different ways on how to manage the flow of vehicles along the roads.

Once they have completed the seminar and pass the examinations, they will be deployed within Quezon City.

Despite not getting paid, most of them decided to join in the spirit of volunteerism and their desire to help solve traffic problems.

“As a motor rider, I really want to help in easing the traffic congestion especially here in Quezon City” said Josel Clet, a  member of New Manila Riders .

The i-ACT admitted that their personnel is not enough to organize traffic for the whole Metro Manila.

The Task Force Daloy Trapiko wants to serve as an example not only in Quezon City but to other local government units as well so as to encourage more volunteers that will help ease traffic congestion, especially as the holiday season approaches. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

MMDA: ‘Traffic still manageable’, number coding remains suspended

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Number coding scheme on EDSA remains suspended as traffic is still manageable even if the volume on EDSA is slowly nearing pre-pandemic numbers, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Thursday.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said he sees no need yet to impose the number coding policy as there are many factors to consider before introducing changes to EDSA traffic.

He also said that public transportation is still at 50% capacity limit. If the coding scheme is reimplemented, affected individuals would opt to use public transportation. However, there will not be enough public utility vehicles (PUV) to accommodate passengers, according to Abalos.

“If we implement the number coding scheme now, can our public transport accommodate passengers given the minimum health protocols such as social distancing needed to be implemented?,” he asked

The MMDA chief also raised concerns that commuters might opt to carpool which might compromise their health, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Meanwhile, Abalos cited the improved travel speed on EDSA despite the increased vehicular volume along the major thoroughfare. He said that this is due to the opening of U-turn slots along EDSA, the Mabuhay lanes, and new road infrastructures.

“Before pandemic, vehicle volume on EDSA was averaging at 405,000 but now, it is about 399,000. However, southbound travel speed is faster now at 27 kilometers per hour, compared to 11 kilometers per hour before the pandemic,” Abalos explained.

He urged the public to avoid EDSA and use Mabuhay Lanes and newly-opened roads as alternate routes to avoid inconvenience.

“I am asking for the public’s understanding and utmost cooperation as the government is still addressing the issue of transportation. Mabuhay Lanes serve as alternate routes for motorists who want more options going to their destination,” according to Abalos. AAC

Construction of elevated busways to begin in four months — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The construction of the elevated busways in several areas along EDSA will begin in four months, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to submit the design by next week.

After the design submission, Abalos said the bidding process will begin.

“We have to go [through] the process of bidding of procurement which is about 3-4 months. Give us four months matatapos na po ito (it will be completed). Gagawin namin ito sa corner ng (We will construct this at the corner of) Quezon City and Caloocan.” 

The MMDA said the elevated busway is among the solutions to ease traffic along EDSA.

“There is only one way to beat this. It’s what we called the elevated bus ramps,” Abalos added.

The MMDA chairman said the agency has around P200 million budget from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Quezon City local government to fund the said project.

The agency is also looking for more ways to further increase its budget for the construction of the busways. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

QC to launch City Bus Augmentation Program to ease traffic congestion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government will launch its City Bus Augmentation on December 1 to ease traffic congestion in the city and provide additional means of transportation to commuters.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the program will also alleviate transportation problems while public transportation is still limited due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

A Memorandum of Agreement with the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) was signed for the Quezon City Bus Augmentation Program.

“Sa pamamagitan nito, mabibigyan natin ng mas mabilis at ligtas na paraan na pagbiyahe ang publiko patungo sa kanilang mga hanapbuhay at iba pang lugar na kailangan nilang puntahan, (Throught this, we can provide faster and safer transportation for the public who are on their way to their work and other places)” she said.

The bus program will cover eight routes including,  Quezon City Hall to Cubao P. Tuazon corner Gen. P. Romulo Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Litex (and vice versa), Welcome Rotonda to Aurora Blvd. cor. Katipunan Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Gen. Luis via SB Road (and vice versa), QC Hall to Mindanao Ave. cor. Quirino Highway (and vice versa), QC Hall to LRT 2 Gilmore (and vice versa), QC Hall to E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave cor. Ortigas Ave. (and vice versa), and QC Hall to LRT 1 Roosevelt and back to QC Hall. AAC

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