Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to cut down travel time between Cubao and Makati from one hour to just 5 minutes.
But according to MMDA's Bong Nebrija, in order to achieve that, cars will have to drive at about 155 km/h, which would be too fast. He says that the distance between Cubao and Makati along EDSA is 12.8 km, which is almost impossible to cover in 5 minutes unless vehicles traverse the thoroughfare at around 155km/h. Do remember that EDSA's current speed limit is 60km/h and even our expressways only allow vehicles to go up to 100km/h.
Despite needing to drive at 155km/h in order to shorten travel time to 5 minutes, Nebrija says that the agency is taking President Duterte's order as a challenge and seeing whether it is actually attainable or not.
Following the President's order, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has created a new task force in order to ease traffic build up which occurs between Cubao and Makati. The PNP-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will also be joining forces with the MMDA's new task force in a bid to improve traffic from Cubao to Makati.
Together with the help of numerous agencies, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will also be tasked in introducing 'engineering interventions' to improve traffic along EDSA. This is because sections of EDSA will be reblocked every weekend in order to give way for repairs.
Nebrija asks that everyone be on board in order to make it possible, not just government officials, but also motorists and the public being more disciplined.