Been wondering when the provincial bus ban will be implemented? Or better yet, whether it will still push through? Well, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) hopes to start implementing the long-planned bus ban along EDSA next Thursday, August 1. The news of it's planned implementation comes after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) released the amended routes of buses plying Metro Manila through a new Memorandum Circular.

According to the LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular No. 2019-031, all busses coming from the North with terminals located along EDSA are to end at the Valenzuela Interim Terminal. Meanwhile, those coming from South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with terminals along EDSA in Cubao will end at the Sta. Rosa Interim Terminal. For buses coming from the south with terminals along EDSA in Pasay, they will now end at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

To address the needs of affected commuters, the routes of city buses have also been changing, extending the endpoint to the three integrated bus terminals.

With the LTFRB's new memorandum, the MMDA is now just waiting for the approval of the local government units (LGUs), particularly that of the Metro Manila mayors. According to the MMDA, LGUs would first have to order the closure of the provincial bus terminals on EDSA before the LTFRB’s memorandum can be fully implemented.

Currently, the bus ban is still subject to several petitions before the Supreme Court. Lawmakers have sought to stop the implementation of the bus ban, calling it 'anti-poor' and saying that it would greatly inconvenience passengers. At the moment, the petition has not been resolved. Pending the decision of the High Court, the MMDA earlier said that they will still push through with the plan.

Source: CNN, PhilStar