March 19, 2017

MMDA works with Singaporean Ministry to solve EDSA traffic

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    The Metro Manila Development Authority, together with the Department of Transporation, are working with the Singaporean Ministry of Transport in finding solutions to ease the traffic congestion along EDSA.

    According to the Manila Bulletin, the Singaporean Ministry has been successful at solving the heavy traffic in the country by 45% after they had implemented the Electronic Road Pricing. MMDA officer-in-charge Tim Orbos said that they thought they needed to come up with solutions, and the Singapore government has offered to help them out. He also said that their agency, along with DOTR and the Ministry of Transport had already met up with each other and are discussing whether the same system would work in EDSA.

    When pushed through in the Philippines, the policy will aim to reduce the volume of vehicles passing by the said avenue especially during the rush hours.

    “We need to reduce the number of vehicles timeboud; not the whole day. Taking EDSA as our reference point, right now everybody can traverse EDSA. With congestion pricing, there are certain hours where there is fee,” added Orbos.

    Metro Manila, according to Waze, was ranked to have the worst traffic in the world in 2015. The road traverses 6 cities and municipalities in Metro Manila, with over 300,000 vehicles passing through it daily.

    Sources: Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines

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