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Duterte’s Sole Failure As President: Congestion On Edsa

Amidst the many promises made by President Rodrigo R. Duterte since his assumption of the presidency, there is one promise that he has yet to fulfill and that is to solve the problem called Edsa.

“There is no promise I haven’t fulfilled except for the one about Edsa. I promised free tuition, the law is there. I promised universal health care, I have signed the law. What else do you want? ” the President said.

Turtle improvements through the years

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said there was little improvement in the traffic flow on the 23-kilometer long thoroughfare since 2016.

With an average speed of 19.26 kilometers per hour (kph), vehicles can travel Edsa for an hour, eleven minutes, and 54 seconds (1:11:54) in 2018.

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With an average speed of 19.26 kilometers per hour (kph), vehicles can travel Edsa for an hour, eleven minutes, and 54 seconds (1:11:54) in 2018.

Edsa is built to accommodate 6,000 vehicles hourly. However, about 7,000 to 8,000 vehicles pass through Edsa at present according to MMDA.

Private cars to blame on congestion

MMDA Edsa traffic chief Bong Nebrija blamed private cars as the main culprit of heavy traffic in Edsa.

“Private cars take so much space but carry so few people compared to buses, ”

There were about 251,628 private vehicles that passed through Edsa in 2018 and 278,657 private vehicles in 2016. About 80 percent of the private vehicles were driven by single-passenger cars.

President’s promise

In May, the President promised to lessen travel time between Cubao and Makati City by December.

MMDA, in line with Duterte’s promise, has rolled out some measures such as bringing back the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) policy and the banning of provincial buses and terminals in Edsa.

Toix Cerna, a representative of the commuter group called Komyut, said Duterte’s proposal was a “crazy, impractical proposition that’s not going to improve the productivity of everybody.”

Dr. Primitivo Cal of the University of the Philippines explained that mass transport should be improved first rather than regulating the number of vehicles.

“Improve first the capacity of mass transport options so that you have room for those who will be affected by these policies. If you roll out the restrictions first, the affected will surely push back, “

MMDA, at present, has in placed the yellow-lane policy for buses; no-contact apprehension program; and the unified vehicular volume reduction program to lessen congestion on Edsa.

Source: Inquirer.net

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