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Engineering group suggests making EDSA, C-5 one way to ease traffic in Metro Manila

Vehicles in EDSA going to Bonifacio Monument Roundabout (Photo by DZRH Willie Tiongson)

Engineering group Guevarra and Partners Inc. (GPI) proposed to make the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Circumferential Road 5 (C-5 Road) one way for vehicles going southbound and northbound, respectively, in order to ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

GPI president Engr. Fernando Guevarra said that he came up with the idea after a study he conducted from 2014 to 2015 because his employees tend to arrive late in their office due to traffic in EDSA.

Guevarra added that the study showed him that the number of buses plying in EDSA needs to be reduced in order to resolve the problem of traffic.

Yung Quezon Blvd., yung España, yung major cities natin na luma, yung Rizal Ave., walang mga buses diyan puro dyip lang ang nagseserve sa area na iyan,” the engineer said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.

Lahat ng buses na naka-register sa Land Registration Commission ay lahat iyan nasa EDSA. Bakit EDSA ang gusto nila? Kasi iyan ang transit center ng mga bus kasi iyan ang area na maraming mall at business center,” Guevarra added.

Guevarra also suggested that the number of bus stops along EDSA should be increased from 15 bus stops to at least 96 bus stops. He added that bus stops should be located at least 200 meters apart.

Talagang kulang na kasi lahat ng bus kapag pumunta sa bus stop siguro 20 nakaparada doon kumukuha ng tao. Kung dadagdagan mo iyon, madidisperse sila. Hindi na sila magsisiksikan sa isang bus stop,” he explained.

The engineer also wants the outermost lanes of EDSA and C-5 Road to be only for buses.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago said that they welcome the one-way scheme proposed by GPI and that their Engineering Department will study it.

However, MMDA traffic chief Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija said that proposal ‘might do more harm than good’ to the inner roads of other local government units (LGUs).

This will entail a lot of engineering intervention and franchise rerouting of buses not to forget a complete turn around from commuters routine commuting habits,” Nebrija said in a Facebook post.

Thanks though for the idea, it needs to go through a lot of simulation and volume survey,” the traffic czar added.

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