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Report: MMDA opposes proposal to lift number coding for PUBs

Report: MMDA opposes proposal to lift number coding for PUBs image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Autoindustriya.com | posted June 02, 2015 14:06

Lifting the number coding scheme will worsen traffic congestion, MMDA says

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has opposed the proposal to lift the number coding scheme for public utility buses (PUBs).

The idea was proposed by Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd district) after he had received suggestions from bus operators who intends to serve as an alternative mode of transportation for commuters as the Metro Rail Transit continues to have glitches.

In a report by GMA News, MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez said during a House Committee on Metro Manila hearing that the agency strongly opposed the move to lift the number coding scheme for PUBs insisting that there is an oversupply of buses in EDSA.

“We are strongly in opposition to the proposed suspension of the bus coding scheme. There is already an oversupply of public utility buses in EDSA,” said Jimenez.

The MMDA adds that there is an estimated 1,500 'colorum' buses driving through EDSA. The report states that these buses “worsen the traffic along the highway, in which an estimated 225,000 vehicles pass through everyday.”

Source: GMA News