One of the biggest issues commuters often face while using the EDSA Busway is the location of the bus stops. Specifically, the bus stops are located on the inner lane while the sidewalk is, well, across EDSA. As a result, passengers often have a hard time crossing the road just to catch a ride on the bus. Thankfully, getting to the bus stops will soon be a lot easier and won’t require using the MRT stations.
The Department of Transporation (DOTr) has announced that EDSA Busway bridges will be constructed in the coming months. These bridges will be donated by SM Prime Holdings and Double Dragon Properties in order to provide a safer, more convenient, and PWD (Persons with Disabilities)-friendly walkways for commuters using the EDSA Busway stations. They will also provide a safe route for pedestrians crossing EDSA from one side to another.
Apart from providing easier and safer access to the bus stops, the EDSA Busway Bridges will also have numerous features such as concierge, ticketing booths, and turnstiles for the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS). There will also be elevators and ramps to provide access for PWDs, senior citizens, and pregnant women.
“We believe that the EDSA Busway Bridge and Concourse is crucial for a more seamless EDSA Busway operation. With the construction of the Busway Bridge, we ought to provide an even better experience for commuters with Automated Fare Collection System, PWD ramps, and elevators. We also see that this will encourage increased ridership and commuter satisfaction upon its completion in the coming months on the five target location,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.
The EDSA Busway Bridges with concourse will be located at the following locations: SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, President D. Macapagal Boulevard in Aseana City, and at EDSA near the corner of President D. Macapagal Avenue. The target start of construction will be within the next 2 to 3 months once the detailed engineering design (DED) is finalized and necessary permits are secured. Construction time is also estimated to run from 6 to 8 months.
Once complete, commuters who frequently ride the EDSA Busway will have an easier time getting on and off bus stops.