MMDA pro­poses carpooling along EDSA

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

MANILA -- The Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) is propos­ing a carpooling scheme in EDSA to mit­i­gate traffic in Metro Manila.

The agency is presently con­sid­er­ing three traffic re­duc­tion mea­sures along EDSA -- two-day num­ber cod­ing, one way EDSA all the way, and car poo l i n g.

Thus came after MMDA's Tues­day meet­ing with the Metro Manila Coun­cil (MMC), the agency's pol­icy-mak­ing body that con­sists of 17 Metro Manila may­ors.

A scheme that com­bines the uni­fied ve­hic­u­lar vol­ume re­duc­tion pro­gram (UVVRP) or num­ber cod­ing and carpooling re­ceived the most pos­i­tive im­pact among the lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives, ac­cord­ing to MMDA As­sis­tant General Man­ager for Plan­ning Jojo Gar­cia.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to avail of carpooling to re­duce the ve­hi­cles pass­ing through the ma­jor roads in Metro Manila,” Gar­cia said in a press conference.

The MMDA of­fi­cial said ban­ning driveronly cars pass­ing through EDSA will help peo­ple plan their trips lead­ing to the re­duc­tion of the vol­ume of ve­hi­cles.

Un­der the Mod­i­fied Carpooling Pol­icy, if a ve­hi­cle has two or more pas­sen­gers, it would be ex­empted from the num­ber cod­ing and can pass through EDSA any­time. If a ve­hi­cle has a driver and pas­sen­ger, the ve­hi­cle can pass EDSA but still sub­ject to num­ber cod­ing. The num­ber cod­ing will still be in ef­fect for au­to­mo­biles with only a driver on board and will be pro­hib­ited from travers­ing through EDSA.

The MMDA will still study the im­pact of the com­bined carpooling and num­ber cod­ing scheme.

“Chair­man (Danilo) Lim does not want trial and er­ror. Thus, we need to study this sci­en­tif­i­cally be­fore we im­ple­ment this mea­sure,” ac­cord­ing to Gar­cia.

The pro­posal will be pre­sented to the MMC for its ap­proval. Once ap­proved, the pol­icy would be im­ple­mented in the whole stretch of EDSA from Mon­days to Fri­days from 7 a.m. un­til 8 p.m. ex­cept hol­i­days. Heav­ily-tinted pub­lic and pri­vate mo­tor ve­hi­cles will be flagged down by the MMDA traffic con­sta­bles to ver­ify the num­ber of its oc­cu­pan t s.

Data from the MMDA show that al­most 8 out of 10 ve­hi­cles pass­ing through EDSA have only one oc­cu­pant.

The agency has ear­lier said the num­ber of ve­hi­cles pass­ing through EDSA would in­crease from 6,800 ve­hi­cles per di­rec­tion to 7,500 ve­hi­cles in ex­cess of its max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 6,000 ve­hi­cles per di­rec­tion.

( PNA)

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