To lessen the amount of vehicular traffic on the country’s main thoroughfare, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is currently working on alternate route and policies to regulate the access of public utility jeeps (PUJs) to EDSA.
The agency is in talks with PUJ groups, particularly Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) and Liga ng Transportasyon at Operator sa Pilipinas (LTOP), regarding their concern regarding this proposal.
Reducing or eliminating PUJs passing along EDSA to Guadalupe is the first concern, which has led to the MMDA initiating talks with Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay and Barangay Capt. German Sunga of Guadalupe Nuevo to clear the side streets within the barangay.
“We aim to clear the streets of sidewalk vendors by next week,” said MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos.
Aside from that section of EDSA, the MMDA also plans to designate a PUJ-only lane from Pasay Rotonda to Magallanes while also asking PUJs using the Ayala Terminal in McKinley Road to avoid using EDSA as well.
“We are optimistic that jeepney organizations will cooperate with us,” added Orbos.
The MMDA states that around 1,000 PUJs will be affected by the proposal but it will help in reducing travel time along EDSA in conjunction with other policies like ‘nose in, nose out’ and the ‘no window hours.’