Remember in 2019 when President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to cut down travel time between Makati to Cubao from one hour to just five minutes? Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet...well, that is unless you happen to be driving at 1:00 AM, at 155 km/h, and/or a Sunday. However, that doesn't mean that the government has stopped trying to make it a reality.
According to the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, the government's EDSA decongestion program is still on-going and on track. More importantly, they are still working to keep President Duterte's promise of Makati-Cubao five minute travel time.
Villar said that the capacity of EDSA is rated at approximately 288,000 cars per day. The current usage, based on their projections, is at 400,000 per day. Once infrastructure projects are complete, they expect to relieve around 120,000 vehicles, bringing the major thoroughfare back to its original capacity. However, The DPWH Secretary believes EDSA will be relieved of over 120,000 vehicles once the decongestion projects are completed.
“Actually, yung binanggit ko po kanina, yung pag natapos yung Skyway, Makati to Balintawak, imagine SLEX to NLEX 15 minutes. Eh kung 15 minutes lang yan, eh di Makati to Quezon City ang lapit lang. Baka five minutes lang talaga,” said Villar.
[Actually, what I mentioned earlier, when Skyway is complete, Makati to Balintawak, imagine SLEX to NLEX in just 15 minutes. If that's possible, then Makati to Quezon City in five minutes should be too because they are near.]
When can we expect a Cubao-Makati and vice versa five minute travel time? According to the Villar, within 2021. Yes, this year.
From our experience, traffic around major roads in the Metro has been lighter with the completion of the Skyway Stage 3 project, EDSA included. But five minutes from Cubao to Makati? It was possible during ECQ and MECQ last year, but that was because everyone stayed at home. With the current situation, it still looks a long way off. Do remember that the EDSA Busway was implemented and U-turn slots were also closed. While some parts remained relatively clear, the section heading to the Cloverleaf saw more congestion.
Still, at least the government is doing something to improve the traffic situation in EDSA.Do you think the five-minute travel time will be possible this year? Let us know in the comments.