The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has long been pushing for the allocation of a dedicated bus lane on the P26.65-billion Skyway Stage 3 project that is still currently under construction.

This, according to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, will greatly alleviate the traffic congestion along EDSA as PUVs like the Express Connect buses may get on the Skyway 3 at Buendia and get off only upon arriving in Quezon City, thus reducing the number of large vehicles that traverse streets at ground level.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), on the other hand, proposed last week that the bus-only lane be at ground level.

“For sure vehicles will move to the Skyway and thus decrease (vehicle) capacity on the ground, so this is our opportunity to have a dedicated lane under Skyway,” said Robert Siy DOTC senior adviser for planning.

Aside from that, the DOTC is also eyeing a rapid bus transit system on the Skyway 3. “We wanted to explore a model like that in China where a bus lane runs underneath Skyway. In Beijing, they developed a bus priority lane on the expressway which can shorten travel time to 30 minutes, as opposed to one-hour travel by car,” added Siy.

The MMDA Chairman has opposed the idea saying that a dedicated bus lane at ground level would constrict the flow of traffic as it will add to the total number of large vehicles on EDSA that already includes cargo trucks.

Tolentino is urging the DOTC to consider the proposal and make a decision before the completion of the Skyway Stage 3 project.

As a motorist, where would you prefer the bus lane to be?