The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that it will postpone indefinitely the implementation of the zipper-lane or counterflow lane for southbound vehicles on EDSA after an unsuccessful dry run on Friday morning.
After causing massive traffic jam for northbound vehicles during its implementation from 9:30AM to 11:30AM on Friday, MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos said that the agency will review the execution of the zipper-lane before pushing through with the planned implementation on January 23, 2017.
“We will study, we will try to make adjustments... in fact zipper lane is not a permanent solution, it is a bypass and a bypass helps, and it is a ready bypass that we can always use until we are ready again. We will go back to our drawing board to take care of our adjustments,” said Orbos.
The postponement, Orbos clarified, does not mean the total cancellation of the plan to use a zipper-lane to decongest the southbound lane of EDSA during the morning rush hours.
“This needs a very thorough study, zipper lane is just one of the solutions. What do we intend to achieve? Volume reduction, do we want it? I might face criticisms on this, this bitter pill is there. I am trying to prevent that,” added Orbos.