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MMDA to close EDSA bus terminals in June

by Marje Pelayo   |   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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Passenger influx expected at bus terminals ahead of May 13 polls

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

Passenger flock to the Araneta Center Bus Port days three days before the 2018 midterm elections

Thousands of passengers bound for provinces are expected at the Araneta Center Bus Port in Cubao, Quezon City as the day of the midterm national and local elections approaches.

According to the bus port management, they are expecting the arrival of more than 8,000 passengers on Friday to secure tickets going to their respective provinces to cast their votes on May 13 (Monday) polls.

Passengers going to provinces for the election day are reminded to go to the terminal early and to travel light.

“Doon po sa mga hahabol pong pasahero mangyari lamang agahan na po nila ang pagpunta dito sa ating bus station at ganoon din sa ating bus port,” said Ramon Legazpi, Manager of Araneta Center Bus Station.

“Mangyari ay limitahan rin po nila iyong kanilang mga bagahe para hindi rin ito maging cause ng pagkakaantala ng biyahe ng mga bus,” he added.

Among the passengers who are trying to catch a ride home in time for the midterm polls is Evelyn Atazar. She is facing a 12-hour bus ride from Metro Manila to Masbate.

Although the travel towards home is long, bumpy and tiring, Atazar said, she is prepared to endure it in order to exercise her right to suffrage come Monday.

“Mahirap po ‘pag umuulan maputik, iyon ang ano namin sa barangay namin. Bundok talaga,” she added.

Some passengers, on the other hand, complained of longer bus intervals and congested waiting areas at the terminal due to the influx of passengers.

“Ngayon talaga ang hirap sumakay. Hindi nga namin alam kung makakasakay talaga kami kasi wala pang bus. Parating pa lang,” a passenger named Lydia Laurino said.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) called on taxi drivers to follow traffic rules, particularly the one that prohibits the loading and unloading of passengers at the terminal.

“Sinasabi na namin, ‘yung mga karatula basang basa na nila iyan. Kitang kita nila. Ayaw lang nila sundin. Nakikiusap kami kung pwede sana sumunod na lang sa panuntunan ng batas trapiko. Wag nang magdahilan,” said Bong Nebrija, the head of MMDA Edsa Traffic.

The MMDA earlier announced that the number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted on May 10 (Friday) and May 14 (Tuesday) to accommodate commuters who will go to their provinces to vote for the midterm polls.

READ: MMDA suspends number coding for provincial bus on May 10, 14

Nebrija said they are expecting heavy traffic along Edsa on Friday due to the lifting of the number coding scheme and last-minute campaigns of political parties and candidates. (with details from Mai Bermudez)

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Number coding scheme lifted from May 10 to 14 – MMDA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday (May 8) suspended the implementation of number coding scheme for provincial buses in line with the 2019 Midterm Elections.

The measure, according to MMDA Chief Bong Nebrija, is to accommodate commuters traveling to and from the provinces during the the elections. 

Meanwhile, the MMDA added that the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program is automatically lifted for public and private vehicles during the weekend and on election day on Monday which was also declared a regular holiday.

The number coding scheme resumes on May 15, according to the MMDA. – Marje Pelayo

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MMDA suspends number coding for provincial bus on May 10, 14

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted on Friday (May 10) and Tuesday (May 14), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Wednesday.

In an advisory , the MMDA said the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme will be suspended on the said dates to ease travel for voters travelling to their respective provinces for the midterm elections on Monday, May 13.

“The UVVRP suspension is to ensure that there will be enough public utility vehicles to ferry commuters who are going to vote in the provinces,” the MMDA added.

The number coding scheme for all public utility vehicles and private vehicles is automatically lifted on weekends, May 11 and 12 and on Election Day. 

The UVVRP will resume on Wednesday, May 15.

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