Maybe you feel the improvement, maybe not, but according to the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), the overall time it takes to drive through EDSA from north to south and vice versa has been reduced by almost one hour.

A ‘travel time survey’ by the PNP-HPG’s has revealed that between October 5 to October 11, buses travelling southbound from Balintawak to Taft took anywhere between 1 hour and 21 minutes to 1 hour and 55 minutes to complete route.

Going back on the northbound route took the same bus anywhere from 1 hour and 14 minutes to 1 hour and 25 minutes.

The PNP-HPG confirms what many commuters already know; traffic on EDSA is heaviest southbound in the morning and northbound in the afternoon.

“Before the HPG took over, it (travel time on EDSA) used to be two hours and 30 minutes or longer,” said directorial staff chief Senior Supt. Fortunato Guerrero.

Currently, the PNP-HPG is focusing their efforts on reducing some 30 vehicular accidents that occur every day and also the stalled vehicles that clog EDSA.

The PNP-HPG also plans to update and upgrade all traffic equipment used on EDSA including ‘traffic lights and U-turn placements’ in order to speed traffic up some more.