Board member Ariel Inton of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has come up with a scheme to loosen the flow of traffic on EDSA, ban private vehicles during the weekday morning rush hours.
In a report by the Philippine Star, The goal is to remove 80% of private vehicles on EDSA and the plan is to propose a ‘private vehicle ban’ between 6am to 9am on EDSA for four of the 5 working days of the week. Said ban is only on EDSA and doesn’t prevent private vehicles from using other side streets in and around the Metro.
“We have to give priority to the public utility vehicles since private cars can find other roads apart from EDSA,” said Ariel Inton.
After 9am, all vehicles will be allowed back on EDSA. The rush hour in the afternoon is excluded from the private vehicle ban since according to Inton people are no longer in a hurry.
“The buses will have already transported their passengers by that time and some of (the buses) could just stay in their garage until the rush hours in the afternoon,” Inton said.
Inton claims that bus operators have complained that since their vehicles transport more people, policies should favor them and not be harmful to their business.
Cooperation within the community is what Inton is asking for and likens EDSA to a big restroom where everyone is accommodated.
“Let the early birds like students, teachers and employees use EDSA and Metro Rail Transit first, and followed by middle managers, and the last are those occupying top positions, who don’t have to rush going to their offices. They are those who can perform their specific roles using cell phones and other high-tech gadgets,” he added.
Inton has yet to present this proposal to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).