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Metro Mayors agree on resumption of HOV scheme in EDSA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018

MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has decided for another dry run of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) scheme in EDSA.

The decision is to give more time for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local government units (LGU) to observe if the measure is effective or not.

The proposal was halted following a resolution filed by Senate President Tito Sotto and other senators opposing the HOV scheme.

The Council of Mayors is encouraging the senators and the congressmen to experience for themselves the impact of the scheme to traffic situations in Metro Manila and of other programs that the MMDA is implementing such as the transfer of locations of provincial buses, carpooling, the motorcycle lane, new infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) among others.

 “Kung kayo po tama ang gagawin niyo at sumusunod kayo sa batas trapiko hindi ho kayo matatakot sa mga traffic fines,” MMDA General Manager Jose Garcia said.

Garcia said they are open to suggestions and criticisms because such would help them improve the scheme. He asked for understanding from the public if the dry run has caused inconvenience as they are aiming at a long-term solution to Metro Manila’s worst traffic problem.

Meanwhile, the Council is contemplating on imposing higher fines of up to P10,000 on buses going beyond the yellow lane. Also, the group plans to regulate the number of buses the operators may use in a month to three to five units only.

Once the dry run kicks off, private cars with only a driver on board will be barred from EDSA from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Offenders will pay a fine of P1,000.

The MMDA said the dry run covers both south bound and north bound lane of EDSA from North Avenue in Quezon City to Magallanes in Makati City.

Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the local governments of San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Taguig are also studying the the impact of the scheme in their respective areas.

The results of the dry run from the five municipalities will be consolidated in a report which will be presented to the lawmakers and the executive department. – Cathy Maglalang / Marje Pelayo

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Provincial bus operators urge MMDA to review bus terminal relocation

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

A provincial bus terminal along EDSA

QUEZON CITY, Philippines —Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines is urging the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to carefully review the relocation of provincial bus terminals in EDSA.

According to the group’s president, Alex Yague, relocating the provincial bus terminals to Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna from EDSA will inconvenience passengers.

Aside from the distance and additional expenses, passengers will also have problems carrying their luggage.

“Ang mga city bus at tsaka UV Express na lilipatan, wala siyang baggage compartment para paglagyan ng mga bagaheng ito ng mga pasaherong galing ng probinsya, (The city buses and UV Express have no baggage compartment for passengers from provinces)” he said.

Yague added that all provincial buses will not fit in the interim terminals especially if the area will also serve as their garage for maintenance.

“Sa tingin namin pwedeng gamitin ang terminal pero hindi siya sapat kung doon na rin maggagarahe ang mga bus, doon na rin aayusin ang maintenance ng mga bus doon sa mga terminal na ito, (We think, the terminal can be used but it will not be enough if it will also serve as the garage for the bus maintenance)” he said.

Several drivers and bus conductors also share the same sentiment.

Bus conductor, Alex Javellana said the relocation will cause more traffic in Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa Laguna.

“Hindi po kami papabor doon kasi iniisip po namin mga commuters sa dami po ng volume araw-araw na lumuluwas kawawa naman mga commuters na naghahabol ng oras, (We are not in favor because we are thinking about the commuters. With the volume that will travel everyday, commuters will surely be pressed for time)” he said.

Traffic is also a problem seen by bus driver, Roberto Marcelo.

“Mata-traffic din dahil iisa lang pinapasukang toll doon, maliit pa. Ngayon lang sobrang traffic na doon, (There will also be traffic, because there is only one toll booth there. The traffic there is already heavy as it is. )” he said.

Provincial bus operators also question the allegation that they are the main cause of severe traffic when private vehicles have the highest presence on EDSA.

Meanwhile, the MMDA aims to conduct a dry run of the relocation of provincial bus terminals after the long holiday. This will determine the actual effect of the relocation which will take effect in June.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MMDA to cut lines of UV Express vehicles with provincial routes

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning a crackdown on UV Express vehicles that have provincial routes.

This followed the recently approved resolution by the Metro Manila Council that will prohibit the issuance of business permits to all public utility bus terminals and other public utility vehicles along EDSA.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia in a radio interview on Wednesday (March 27) that the agency targets the closure not only of 47 bus terminals along EDSA but all the 96 bus and UV express terminals in Metro Manila by June this year.

The official explained that the almost 10 hectares land area of the interim terminals in Valenzuela City and Sta. Rosa in Laguna are big enough and can accommodate all the concerned terminals that occupy only about 1.6 hectares in total. – Marje Pelayo

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MMDA to close EDSA bus terminals in June

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

File photo: Authorities put up a closure sign at several bus terminals
along EDSA for violating the “nose in, nose out” policy (June 20,2018)

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued an advisory on Monday (March 26) announcing the impending prohibition and cancellation of business permits to all public-utility bus (PUB) terminals along EDSA.

The MMDA said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) approved the resolution which also covers other public utility vehicles (PUV).

“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.

Lim added that his agency will recommend the closure of terminals by April this year in coordination with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Meanwhile, MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia announced a dry run of the regulation after the Catholic observance of the Lenten Week to prepare bus operators as well as commuters for the official shut down by June this year.

The MMDA confirmed, likewise, that several terminals are now being constructed for relocation of provincial bus terminals servicing passengers from the south and north of Metro Manila.

These include a terminal in Valenzuela City and one in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. – Marje Pelayo

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