As motorists and commuters feel the traffic crunch at the approach of the Holiday season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the addition of three alternate routes in order to decongest the main roads of the metropolis.

MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos has disclosed that some gates in Camp Aguinaldo will be opened to private vehicles until January 15, 2017 to give motorists access from EDSA-Santolan and Katipunan Avenue, and vice-versa.

The access of Camp Aguinaldo’s roads will only be allowed between 6AM to 10AM but will not be for free though.

For security reasons, private motorists will have to fill up an application form, present the vehicle’s Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration and pay for the Php 200 sticker.

“This is a privilege to the public to enter this grounds to ease traffic flow this Christmas,” Orbos said.

Private vehicles from Katipunan going to EDSA can use Gate 6 along Boni Serrano and exit in EDSA-Santolan in Gate 3.

Vehicles from Boni Serrano can also use Gate 6 and exit Gate 5 in White Plains going to C5.

This route alone is expected to remove at least 200 vehicles per hour from the EDSA and Boni Serrano collectively.

The Office for Transport Security in Pasay

The second route that was opened is inside the Office for Transport Security (OTS) in Pasay City that will give access to vehicles going to Domestic Road and Roxas Boulevard from Tramo. By turning right into the OTS, motorists can get to Andrews Avenue in less time.

“There will be a diversion road in such a way vehicles coming from EDSA turning to Domestic Road going to Roxas Boulevard will not cram and wait for the green light to the intersection. The access road will allow vehicles to enter and exit at Andrews Avenue towards Airport Road and reach Roxas Boulevard,” said Noemi Recio, head of MMDA’s traffic engineering center.

The third and final route is access to Jupiter Street in Makati by tearing down a wall along EDSA-Buendia. There is no timetable yet for the opening of this route.

“We are hoping that all of these measures would be able to alleviate the worsening traffic congestion because of Christmas season,” added Orbos.