Increase Lanes for Public Utility Vehicles to solve EDSA Traffic

Increase Lanes for Public Utility Vehicles to solve EDSA Traffic

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Jun Ramos started this petition to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and

This is a petition to solve the traffic mess at EDSA by increasing the lanes allotted for public utility vehicles. Currently, only one to two lanes are allotted for buses along EDSA, the rest are for private cars. According to NEDA, 78% of the road space is taken by private vehicles (http://faq.ph/facts-about-traffic-in-metro-manila-that-you-should-know/).  This does not make sense considering majority of those who travel are public commuters. And since there are much more public commuters compared to those who have private cars, and since cars are much less efficient compared to buses (private cars usually carry one to two passengers only while buses could easily carry fifty passengers per trip), I am making a petition for the government to allot at least 50% of EDSA for buses. Thus, where there are five lanes in EDSA, public buses should occupy three. Where there are three lanes in EDSA, public buses should occupy two. 

We cannot stop individuals from buying cars. It is their right. But we can and we should control the use of public utilities. Roads should not be utilized only by the few. According to the LTFRB, we actually need more buses (http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/06/16/16/ltfrb-chair-ginez-we-need-more-buses).  Observe how the buses (and the trains) are filled almost to their doors during rush hours. Observe how many people wait for buses during rush hours. We also need provincial buses to pass thru EDSA. Commuters from Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and other provinces need this. Banning provincial buses along EDSA results to an additional transfer for commuters which force or encourage them to buy or bring their cars. It is also like forcing people to live in Metro Manila. Imagine if the government’s plan to ban provincial buses along EDSA gets fully implemented: more people will be affected; commuting from the provinces would be much more difficult. Additional transfer means more waiting time so the commuter’s travel time becomes longer. It also means more inconvenience. It would make transportation expenses higher as the commuters would, at the very least, pay the minimum fare twice. Although the government calls such projects as “integrated" or "seamless" transfer, it really is nothing but transfer. Banning provincial buses along EDSA is a solution to favor the private car owners. It is not a solution for the greater majority.

Buses always get blamed for the traffic at EDSA – even if they occupy only one to two lanes. In 2016, 284,436 or 77.36% of the 367,675 EDSA volume of vehicles were cars. Only 14,384 or 3.91% were public buses (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/577098/news/specialreports/obstructions-make-some-metro-manila-roads-disappear).  Thus, even if we lessen the number buses, there won’t be any significant improvement in traffic. As pointed out earlier, it could even make traffic worse as smaller vehicles (privately owned and colorum vans) will increase.

Imagine if three out of five lanes are allotted for buses. Imagine, too, if traffic rules – especially on loading and unloading – are implemented. This would make buses move faster. More people would be encouraged to leave their cars at home and use the buses instead. Imagine if we could truly prioritize public buses and make the private cars stay in their lanes… private car owners would be highly encouraged to use the buses.

Allotting less lanes for private cars may make their travel time longer, while those of who commute publicly would have a shorter travel time. This is actually a good idea. It will encourage more use of public transport which we all say is more efficient. It is also one way we lessen the gap between the rich and the poor; it is one way of letting more people share the road and not make it almost exclusive to the selected few. 

We all need sacrifices to solve problems and make things work. This is probably one of them. I hope we could at least give it a try.

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