Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted October 19, 2015 10:48
Christmas lanes to be cleared in preparation for Christmas traffic
It’s beginning to look a lot like…..traffic.
As the ‘ber’ months roll in, the government is actively preparing for worse traffic conditions that are usual during the Christmas rush in Metro Manila.
The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are already working on ways of alleviating traffic including clearing the Mabuhay/Christmas lanes in order to provide secondary routes for motorists.
Both agencies are establishing legal basis for towing vehicles in order to make these ‘lanes’ free of obstruction in the coming weeks and months.
They need to finalize the legal basis for certain actions, because we’re going to have to start clearing some roads, not along EDSA, to make sure that we can handle additional flows in December,” said Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras.
Assistance from the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory (LTFRB) is also being requested by the government in order to review certain jeepney routes to prevent congestion in these secondary lanes.
The government will also continue to make changes to EDSA in order to make traffic flow better including the installation of lane separators to keep buses and vehicles in their respective lanes.
Motorists can expect official announcements from the HPG and MMDA regarding preparations for Christmas traffic.