The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is proposing the possibility to allow counterflow of vehicles along selected areas of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) during rush hour traffic. This was revealed by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino as he directed the agency’s Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) to study the move to setup reversible or zipper lanes along EDSA to ease traffic during rush hours.

“We are just waiting for the result of the study being conducted by the TEC regarding the reversible lane along EDSA,” said Tolentino on MMDA’s weekly radio program yesterday.

Under the proposed traffic program, EDSA’s southbound lane will be opened to countrerflow traffic from 7 to 10 in the morning, while the it will be implemented on the northbound lane from 5 in the afternoon to 9 in the evening.

“We noticed that fewer vehicles are plying the northbound lane in the morning since most of them are heading towards Makati, so we will open it for southbound vehicles,'' said Tolentino.

The program follows a ‘successful’ implementation of a similar scheme on the Rockwell flyover along EDSA-Makati. ”We already tried this at the Rockwell flyover and the result is good,” said Tolentino.

The chairman further expressed optimism with easing the traffic flow on EDSA with the upcoming integrated bus terminal along Coastal Road set to open in mid-July. The terminal is one of three integrated hubs for provincial buses.

The Coastal Road terminal has been tasked to the MMDA to service commuters plying routes to Cavite and Batangas. The terminal has the capacity to accommodate at least 972 provincial buses, which will no longer be allowed to ply on EDSA and other major Metro Manila thoroughfares.

There are currently at least 85 provincial bus terminals operating in Metro Manila, with 46 located along EDSA. Among the 28,432 registered provincial buses nationwide, 7,736 of these ply on Metro Manila roads. Once all three transport terminals are completed, Metro Manila roads will be eased of these provincial buses.