Do not be alarmed the next time you see one of 3,300 provincial buses running alongside you on a tunnel along EDSA.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has released to the public, guidelines governing the use of EDSA underpasses by provincial buses. Its implementation begins October 28 until January 4, 2015.
Called the ‘Odd-Even Scheme,’ it states that provincial buses with plate numbers ending with odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) shall be allowed to use the EDSA-Aurora Blvd., EDSA-P. Tuazon, EDSA-Shaw underpasses only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while provincial buses with plate numbers ending with even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) shall only be allowed to use the EDSA-Aurora Blvd. EDSA-P. Tuazon, EDSA-Shaw underpasses on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
City buses are not included in this new scheme and are still banned from using EDSA underpasses.
All buses, provincial or city buses, must still stay in the rightmost lane or pay a fine of Php500.
All underpasses along EDSA will be off limits to all buses, provincial or city buses, on Sundays.
The MMDA revised their initial stand on provincial buses in the city to assist commuters from the provinces quicker and easier access to the city during the upcoming holiday season.