‘Mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers should help this time’

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Driv­ers of mo­tor­cy­cle taxis are urged to be of as­sis­tance, in­stead of tak­ing ad­van­tage of the in­con­ve­nience caused by the on­go­ing con­struc­tion of a P638-mil­lion underpass project on N. Bacalso Ave. in Cebu City.

Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak, deputy mayor for po­lice mat­ters said he had re­ceived re­ports about mo­tor­cy­cle taxi driv­ers al­legedly im­pos­ing over­priced fare rates to the rid­ing pub­lic.

“Ac­tu­ally, I saw one who re­fused to re­ceive a fare of P20 for a 2.4-km. drive. He asked for P50 and I think that’s too much. We’re ask­ing them to please don’t take this as an op­por­tu­nity, but as a chance to as­sist our pas­sen­gers. We also ask the pub­lic to make con­tin­gency plans,” he told re­porters.

Start­ing yes­ter­day morning, the south­bound lane, par­tic­u­larly from the corner of F. Lla­mas St. near a fast food chain will be closed to traf­fic for the next three months.

Tu­mu­lak, who is also a south district res­i­dent, said that from 6 a.m. to 12 noon yes­ter­day, the area had heavy traf­fic.

The on­go­ing civil works left sev­eral north­bound pas­sen­gers, most of whom work­ers, stranded and late for work.

Tu­mu­lak said there was an ini­tial plan to de­ploy City Gov­ern­ment buses to ferry stranded pas­sen­gers, but it was deemed wise not to push through with it.

“If we de­ploy the buses, the work­ers in the nearby malls will still have to walk a few me­ters as the ve­hi­cles will have to be sta­tioned in Caim­ito St. If we let them walk that short dis­tance, that will still im­pose dan­ger to the pedestrians. I saw that it was dif­fi­cult and would not make a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

To de­con­gest traf­fic, the coun­cilor ad­vised res­i­dents of Barangays Ki­nasang-an, Pobla­cion Pardo and Bu­la­cao who have pri­vate ve­hi­cles to take the South Road Prop­er­ties (SRP) via F. Jaca St. in Barangay Inayawan.

The rest of the north­bound pri­vate ve­hi­cles head­ing to the SRP, on the other hand, shall turn right to Cabreros St., left turn to Rizal Ave. Ext., then to their point of des­ti­na­tion.

Other north­bound ve­hi­cles are ad­vised to turn left to F. Lla­mas St., right turn to Gan­ciang St., then to their point of des­ti­na­tion.

Tu­mu­lak said pub­lic util­ity jeep­neys (PUJ) should be given pri­or­ity to ply the north­bound lane in front of a su­per­mar­ket, which has been opened to traf­fic over the week­end.

Mayor To­mas Os­meña, for his part, asked the pub­lic to en­dure the in­con­ve­nience in the mean­time, as de­lay­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project will only worsen the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in the area. /

SUNSTAR FOTO / ALAN TANGCAWAN

WORK IN PROGRESS. Heavy traf­fic builds up on the south­bound lane of N. Bacalso Ave. ap­proach­ing the underpass project at the corner of F. Lla­mas St.

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