‘Ex­tend traf­fic ex­per­i­ment to Capi­tol roads’

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Dindo Ramos will rec­om­mend for the ex­ten­sion of the traf­fic ex­per­i­ment within the North and South Capi­tol Roads.

Ramos, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on trans­porta­tion, said he will con­duct a com­mit­tee con­fer­ence this week to as­sess how ef­fec­tive is the traf­fic ex­per­i­ment of the Ba­colod Traf­fic Au­thor­ity Of­fice (BTAO).

The one-way traf­fic scheme started on De­cem­ber 12 to 19, 2018.

The af­fected pub­lic util­ity jeep­ney were jeep­neys with routes Bata-lib­er­tad, Man­dala­gan-lib­er­tad, Lib­er­tad­banago, For­tune Towne-cen­tral Mar­ket, and Home­site­cen­tral Mar­ket.

The routes of vans bound for the South Ter­mi­nal, air­port and the sea­port were also af­fected.

“So far, we have not re­ceived any ma­jor prob­lem from BTAO, but I will clar­ify with them if they will con­tinue with the orig­i­nal traf­fic plan or mod­ify it to suit the sug­ges­tions and com­ments of some mo­torists in that area,” Ramos said.

Ramos said he be­lieves they have made suf­fi­cient leg­is­la­tion to help or min­i­mize the traf­fic con­ges­tion in Ba­colod.

Mean­while, Ramos said they will wait for the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) to solve the traf­fic con­ges­tion in Ba­colod.

“Let’s wait if this can be adopted in Ba­colod and if there is a need for traf­fic rerout­ing or if we will amend the ex­ist­ing Com­pre­hen­sive Traf­fic Or­di­nance in the city,” he said.

In De­cem­ber, a 15-man team of traf­fic man­age­ment ex­perts of the MMDA ar­rived in Ba­colod to study the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in the city for 12 days and pro­pose a Traf­fic Man­age­ment Master­plan.

Af­ter the 12-day study, they will bring the data to their of­fice in Manila for anal­y­sis and eval­u­a­tion.

The anal­y­sis will take three to four months, and their eval­u­a­tion shall be the ba­sis for a Traf­fic Man­age­ment Master­plan for Ba­colod.*

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