MMDA to prohibit jeepneys on EDSA
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement a new system in an attempt to decongest the usual traffic situation along EDSA road. Inquirer reports that Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) will no longer be allowed to drive along the entire stretch ‘starting next week’.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos told Inquirer that this move for regulation has received support from jeepney transport group leaders Zenaida Maranan (Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines) and Orlando Marquez (Liga ng Transportasyon at Opereytor sa Pilipinas). The source adds that these two groups were the only ones consulted since they represent the biggest factions of jeepneys traversing EDSA.
However, when the implementation kicks off this coming week, violating jeepneys will receive no fine from the MMDA since they haven’t talked to the transport groups about the penalties yet.
MMDA will reportedly begin this jeepney ban in areas like EDSA-Guadalupe to Pateros, L. Guinto in Manila and Gate 3 in Fort Bonifacio. This will be followed by Roxas Boulevard to Pasay Rotunda, Magallanes, Ayala/McKinley Road, and Pioneer in Mandaluyong.
Orbos also told the media that the MMDA is going lay out barriers from SM Mall of Asia to Pasay Rotunda and EDSA-Magallanes as a dedicated lane for PUJs.