MMDA Chariman Francis Tolentino has gone on record saying that the traffic situation in Metro Manila will get worse in 15 years. According to the MMDA, the government will be implementing the “Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas” but the chairman says it's “a long way to go”. The government plans to implement the project by 2030.
On the MMDA radio show, Tolentino said that the increasing number of vehicles and the ongoing infrastructure projects contribute greatly to the traffic problem and only expects it to become worse. It was estimated that 11,000 vehicles join the roads every month.
The chairman adds that another factor in the worsening traffic situation are the road reblocking projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways along EDSA and railway improvement projects.
The Skyway Stage 3 project, the Php 26.7 billion project, aims to ease the congestion around the Metro with the 14.8-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway. It will connect NLEX and SLEX and will be fully operational by 2017. Once completed, the Skyway will have eight entry points, namely, Buendia, Quirino, Nagtahan, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez, Quezon Avenue, Sgt. Rivera and Balintawak. The Skyway Stage 3 project aims to reduce travel time from 2 hours down to 20 minutes.
Tolentino says that motorists and commuters will have to deal with heavy traffic until the government's infrastructure development goes into action, which is in 15 years.
“We just have to wait”, said Tolentino.