MMDA to study proposed carpooling scheme

Michaela Tangan
PUBLISHED October 11, 2017 11:49 am | UPDATED October 11, 2017 12:00 pm
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(Inside Manila)  Metro mayors on Tuesday, October 11, tapped Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to study the best way to implement the carpooling scheme and how can it ease heavy traffic.


Metro Manila Council made the order after MMDA proposed the carpooling system where vehicles with three or more passengers will be exempted from the number coding scheme along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA). However, those with only two passengers will not be exempted from the coding scheme.


Jojo Garcia, MMDA’s assistant general manager for planning, also explained that under the proposed Modified Car Pooling Policy, a vehicle with only the driver onboard will be banned from traversing EDSA and will be forced to use alternate routes to reach their destinations.


Heavily-tinted cars will also be flagged down by law enforcers to confirm the number of passengers inside.


These cars, however, will only be allowed to cross intersections along the stretch of EDSA.


Once the new anti-traffic measure is approved, this will be effective from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 8 pm, along EDSA North Avenue, Quezon City to Magallanes, Makati (northbound and southbound).


Implementation


Lim explained that they will likely implement these schemes by next year.


He admitted that it is hard to implement a new traffic measure during the holiday season where traffic volume is expected by increase by 20%.


The agency, however, asked malls to change their operating hours to 11 am to 11pm to decrease the number of vehicles traversing EDSA during rush hour.

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