Private vehicles could soon be banned traveling along EDSA during rush hour after a lawmaker proposed making the 23.8 km roadway into a 'mass transport highway'.

Suggested by Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, he stated that EDSA should only be used by public transport vehicles until the completion of the MRT-3 rehabilitation project, Metro Manila Subway, as well as the NLEX-SLEX road connector.

"Kailangan maihatid muna natin nang mas mabilis ang ating mga manggagawa at makauwi sila nang mas maaga. Ang aking proposal, mula alas-6 hanggang alas-9 ng umaga, at mula alas-6 ng gabi hanggang alas-9, e ipagbawal na ang mga private vehicles sa EDSA. Mga mass transport, iyan na lang ang puwede nating padaanin d'yan,” [We need to bring our workers home earlier. In my proposal, private vehicles are not allowed to pass through EDSA from 6 – 9 in the morning as well as 6 – 9 in the evening. Only mass transport vehicles should be allowed there] said Erice.

The Congressman also added that even if you add more public utility vehicles or buses along EDSA, traffic would still be light as they will be able to carry more passengers. In addition, the lack of private vehicles traversing EDSA (which number to about 300,000 daily) means there will be more space for mass transport vehicles along the thoroughfare.

When asked if Grab vehicles or Angkas riders can travel along EDSA, he said that that is something they can look into since they are TNVS.

With the 'ber months already rolling in, things are only going to get worse along EDSA. In fact, the average vehiclee volume from January to August of 2019 is now at 405,882 vehicles, higher than 2018's average of 383,828 units said Celine Pialogo, MMDA Spokesperson. Traffic is becoming so bad that patients are actually dying while being transported as the ambulances carrying them cannot get to the hospitals fast enough.

There have been several new proposals that are being put up by groups, as well as individuals in order to solve traffic along EDSA, as well as in other major roadways. One of which includes making EDSA and C5 into one-way avenues, the former heading southbound while the latter going northbound. There was also the bizarre 'brand coding scheme' which bars certain vehicles from passing through based on the brand of the car.

While Erice's proposal may result in faster travel time along EDSA for public transport vehicles, private vehicles will then be displaced which can cause heavy traffic elsewhere.

Source: DZMM via ABS-CBN