Starting August 15, all buses coming from the provinces are no longer allowed to pass through EDSA during rush hours as per the advisory of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The Metro Manila Council recently approved the proposal to prohibit provincial buses from the main thoroughfare, in another attempt to reduce traffic congestion in the metro.
In a statement on Thursday, August 9, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia addressed that the bus ban will start this Wenesday, August 15. He also added that under the ban, the provincial buses will not be allowed in EDSA during weekdays from 7 AM to 10 AM, and from 6 PM to 9 PM. Those who will violate the newly apprehended rules will be paying a fine of Php 2,000.
The new policy also demands those provincial buses coming from the South that do not have terminals in Pasay City to use the agency-operated southwest Interim Provincial Terminal located along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.
Meanwhile, according to MMDA, buses coming from the North can use their terminals located at Cubao in Quezon City while the government-owned Valenzuela Interim terminal is still under completion.
From now on, passengers from Metro Manila going to provinces need to go to the said terminals in order to get a ride.