Coun­cil urged to study lift­ing of cod­ing for jeeps

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan is ask­ing the coun­cil to tread care­fully on the pro­posed lift­ing of num­ber cod­ing scheme for pub­lic util­ity jeep­neys.

Do­mo­gan said the move may not be the an­swer to com­muter­woes as the traf­fic con­ges­tion prob­lem will re­main even if jeep­neys are al­lowed to ply freely.

“Pag ar­alan natin yan, get stud­ies and in­volve the traf­fic divi­sion,” the mayor cau­tioned.

The pro­posal was a made by Coun­cilor Elmer Da­tuin in re­sponse to com­plaints of long ques at jeep­ney ter­mi­nals which have hound-

ed the city coun­cil.

Da­tuin said the ques are caused by slow re­turn of jeeps ply­ing spe­cific lines in the city.

Do­mo­gan added the ques will re­main as the traf­fic prob­lem will like­wise keep the jeeps stuck on the road and deprive com­muters of a ride.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive said prob­lem ar­eas for jeep ques have been iden­ti­fied by the Traf­fic and Trans­porta­tion Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (TTMC) to be the Irisan, Naguil­lian and Mar­cos high­way ar­eas.

The TTMC was cre­ated by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to be the pol­icy-mak­ing body rel­a­tive to traf­fic and trans­porta­tion in the city cov­er­ing var­i­ous in­ter-city in­ter­provin­cial among other ma­jor routes lead­ing to the city.

Do­mo­gan said win­dow schemes for pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUVs) af­fected by the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of the num­ber cod­ing scheme is cur­rently be­ing done to find so­lu­tions to the prob­lem of traf­fic and com­muters.

Pre­vi­ously, pro­pos­als from Teodoro Tan from and Joseph Clar­i­dades were pre­sented in the city coun­cil to ease the con­ges­tion in the city.

Tan ad­vo­cated to cre­ate the Baguio City Park­ing and Traf­fic Of­fice to over­see all con­cerns as well as man­age­ment of traf­fic to head im­ple­men­ta­tion of traf­fic laws as well as man­age­ment of traf­fic flow, as­sis­tance to ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive branches as well as co­or­di­na­tion with gov­ern­ment agen­cies with re­gards to projects that will af­fect smooth flow of traf­fic.

The Clar­i­dades pro­posal dubbed "Im­prov­ing Baguio's Traf­fic Flow, the Smart Way," delv­ing on a holis­tic ap­proach in traf­fic man­age­ment pre­sented in a three-step plan start­ing with; mak­ing roads smarter; mov­ing peo­ple smarter and the cre­ation of the city cen­ter bus line.

In the pro­posal, pub­lic trans­port will be made ef­fi­cient, roads smarter, change mo­torists be­hav­ior. For the en­vi­ron­ment, to lessen air pol­lu­tion, law en­force­ment more ef­fi­cient with daily 3 hours free park­ing, the com­mu­nity a bet­ter life­style and pedes­tri­ans safer.

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