One week after the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implemented the strict enforcement of the 'Bus Lane Policy' along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), the agency announced that it will continue the implementation despite horrendous traffic jams it caused prompting criticism from motorists and commuters alike. Slight adjustments to certain areas were made however as a sensible compromise.
"The government recognizes that the high incidence of road crashes and alarming number of traffic accidents are a major public safety concern which result to a broad range of social and economic consequences", Chairman Tolentino said in a statement.
A consultative meeting was held yesterday between MMDA and concerned stakeholders to address several concerns concerning the implementation of the bus lane policy. Provincial bus operators asked MMDA Chairman Francis N. Tolentino to allow them to use the flyovers and underpasses beyond the window.
As a result of the meeting, Memorandum Circular 08, Series of 2012 was issued which provides for the strict implementation of bus (yellow) lanes, loading and unloading bay stations, and third lane for provincial buses on EDSA.
"We will only allow city buses to use the designated bus lanes clearly marked with yellow lines that serve as a divider between the bus lane and those intended for private vehicles. All provincial and city buses are not allowed to use any underpass or tunnel along EDSA, but they will be allowed to use the Magallanes Flyover", Tolentino said.
Under the said Memorandum Circular, all provincial buses shall occupy the third lane of EDSA and shall be allowed to traverse flyovers, but they will not be allowed to enter the tunnels along EDSA.
Northbound city buses shall also be allowed to use the Ortigas Flyover in going to their destination.
Private vehicles caught using the yellow lanes will be fined PhP500 while PUBs who strayed outside of the yellow lane will be fined PhP200.
Apart from the strict implementation of the Bus lane, Tolentino also said that MMDA will enhance the Organized Bus Route stations in Fairview, Alabang, Monumento and Baclaran and improve the dispatching system of buses plying EDSA.
"It is high time that we take drastic action to prevent further loss of lives and damage to properties. Every motorist should be part of the solution to help promote civility and responsibility on the road", Tolentino concluded.