Manila Bulletin

Com­mon­wealth Ave. may be the next EDSA, LTFRB exec warns

- By CZA­RINA NI­COLE O. ONG

Com­mon­wealth Av­enue in Que­zon City may face the same fate as chron­i­cally traf­fic­plagued Epi­fanio De los San­tos Av­enue (EDSA), Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) board mem­ber Ariel In­ton Jr. warned yesterday.

“We have to act now be­fore it’s too late,” he stressed, af­ter sev­eral busi­ness­men and ne­ti­zens com­plained about the gov­ern­ment’s botched ef­forts in ad­dress­ing the grow­ing traf­fic woes.

In­ton wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Sec­re­tary Al­men­dras as traf­fic czar, since it showed that the gov­ern­ment is se­ri­ous in ad­dress­ing the Metro Manila traf­fic cri­sis.

He, how­ever, noted that mak­ing the ap­point­ment will not pro­vide a last­ing and per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to ease traf­fic in the me­trop­o­lis.

He re­called that while he was still a mem­ber of the Que­zon City coun­cil, he was sent by then Mayor Feli­ciano Bel­monte to at­tend a United Na­tions’ con­fer­ence on ur­ban­iza­tion of the fif­teen best man­aged cities in the world.

Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants came to the con­clu­sion that by 2050, around half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion will be liv­ing in big cities.

Hence, In­ton strongly urged that pol­icy mak­ers visit the par­tic­u­lar UN study. He said that this will help frame up a long-range plan on traf­fic not only in Metro Manila but also in other big cities of the coun­try.

At the same time, In­ton ear­lier made a pro­posal on how to ad­dress the traf­fic cri­sis in EDSA by adopt­ing a two-day cod­ing sys­tem or reg­u­lat­ing the time of travel of both public and pri­vate ve­hi­cles.

“I have pro­posed in my pri­vate ca­pac­ity a so­lu­tion to the traf­fic mess in EDSA but it was shot down,” In­ton lamented.

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