Yellow lane reduced accidents, says MMDA

Posted at 07/17/12 2:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino on Monday said the strict implementation of the bus lane scheme has reduced the number of accidents along EDSA.

Tolentino said in the span of a week, the number of accidents went down from 44 to just 6.

"The motorists should realize, when EDSA's 5-lane stretch was built, the carrying capacity of that bus lane was just 1,600 buses. Now we have 5,000 plus city buses plying that route, not to mention the 7,000 plus provincial buses also utilizing those lanes. So we have to consider all of this," Tolentino told ANC’s Talkback with Tina Monzon-Palma.

Tolentino said the MMDA is also working on a bus management scheme that would prevent a build-up of buses along the busy thoroughfare.

The heavy traffic along EDSA is usually blamed for buses stopping at passenger bays for too long in order to load more passengers. Cubao and Ortigas are the usual choke-points in EDSA.

Tolentino said Fairview-Monumento, Fairview-Malabon, Baclaran and Alabang will be designated as the main bus dispatching points.

"We will be upgrading, re-invigorating our organized bus management system. What we're going to do within the next four weeks is i-improve yung physical lay-out ng bus dispatching. " Tolentino said.

"So bago pumunta ng EDSA, hindi po namin sila ire-release kapag nakikita lang namin na apat lang iyung laman dun sa gitna, sa Ortigas o Cubao. Kapag mayroon talagang need, saka namin sila idi-dispatch because we will now have the ability, with the use of technology, to physically hold them in one location," he added.