MMDA team in Ba­colod City un­til next Thurs­day

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The team from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMDA) tasked with study­ing the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in Ba­colod City ar­rived in town over the week­end and is ex­pected to re­main un­til next Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13.

“The best group that we can get to help us come up with a mas­ter­plan for traf­fic in Ba­colod is the MMDA,” said Ba­colod City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia. “Not only are they equipped in aca­demics, they have ac­tual ex­pe­ri­ence.”

He noted, if con­ducted by a pri­vate group, com­mis­sion­ing a mas­ter traf­fic plan “could cost mil­lions” and said MMDA is pro­vid­ing their ser­vices for free.

Traf­fic en­gi­neers will be ob­serv­ing busy in­ter­sec­tions dur­ing peak hours, com­par­ing traf­fic vol­ume to road ca­pac­ity, and iden­ti­fy­ing traf­fic gen­er­a­tors and prob­lems.

Last year, a study by the Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group found Metro Manila has the third-worst traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in South­east Asia be­hind Bangkok, Thai­land and Jakarta, Indonesia. They also project the city to reach “stand­still lev­els,” or a sit­u­a­tion where ve­hi­cles op­er­ate at less than 10 kilo­me­ters per hour, by 2022.

The study also found Metro Manila driv­ers are on av­er­age stuck in traf­fic for around 66 min­utes a day.

(PIO photo)

The team from the MMDA tasked with study­ing the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in Ba­colod City ar­rived in town over the week­end.

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