MMDA mulls new odd-even scheme
Planned implementation to take effect on November 15
The Metropolitan Manila Development is proposing implementation of a new odd-even traffic reduction scheme to help alleviate the worsening traffic condition along EDSA. This is based on their belief that the problem is caused by the sheer volume of vehicles, basing on statistics that show more than 100,000 vehicles plying on EDSA daily.
Under the proposed odd-even scheme, private vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers will not be allowed on EDSA on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; while those with even numbers will not be allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency is also looking into the possibility of imposing a number-coding system on provincial and metropolitan buses simultaneously with the proposed odd-even scheme for private vehicles.
The proposed number-coding scheme for buses will be based on the scheme used for private vehicles which bans vehicles with plates ending in 1 and 2 on Mondays; 3 and 4 on Tuesdays; 5 and 6 on Wednesdays; 7 and 8 on Thursdays; 9 and 0 on Fridays.
A number-coding scheme is currently being implemented in Metro Manila, which the agency says reduced traffic by merely 20-percent. The MMDA is expecting their new odd-even scheme to further reduce volume by up to 50 percent on EDSA.
The MMDA was quick to clarify that the proposed odd-even scheme is only for EDSA and will be implemented simultaneously with the current number-coding scheme that will still continue to be in effect.
The agency's new vehicle reduction proposal is set to be presented to the Metro Manila Council (MMC) when they meet later in the week. The MMC is comprised of all the Metro Manila mayors who form the policy-making body of the MMDA.