Speed on EDSA is faster.
That is according to data from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) after the first two days of three-day dry run implementation of the removal of the ‘window hours’ from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme.
After monitoring vehicular flow, the Traffic Engineering Center of the MMDA has concluded that travel time along EDSA is faster by three minutes.
During the dry-run period, the MMDA flagged down and warned a total of 1,200 motorists. They were not issued citation tickets but was duly informed of the revised UVVRP that will begin full and strict implementation on Monday, October 17, 2016.
“If you look at the number of violators who were flagged down and with the faster travel time in EDSA, I think it’s a good thing to say that we are in the right direction,” said MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos.
To speed up the traffic some more and to provide motorists with alternative routes, the MMDA plans to open secondary roads like Connecticut St. in San Juan City, JP Rizal in Makati City, and Katipunan Ave. in Quezon City while also and clearing the path along Mabuhay Lanes.
The MMDA is finalizing the list of possible routes for motorists who will be affected by the ‘no window hours’ scheme that will prevent them from using EDSA, C-5, Roxas Boulevard, Alabang-Zapote Road and the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong and Las Piñas.
“We are appealing to the public to do their part in easing the traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” Orbos added.
The MMDA is also studying the possibility of the removal of the ‘window hours’ in the entire metropolis during the holiday season.