Last month, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) decided that rather than having buses stay on the two rightmost lanes, they will now ply EDSA via the left-most lane. If you’ve driven along EDSA recently, buses now have a dedicated lane to themselves with concrete barriers as separators. In order to give passengers a place to wait for the buses, they have also constructed new designated bus stops.
Soon, passengers will be able to make use of these inner-lane bus stops after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently released photos of the designated bus stops located at various points along EDSA. Considering that work started only last month, the bus stops look good and ready for passengers. Barriers and railings have already been put up to prevent passengers from walking onto EDSA. There’s also roofing to protect passengers from the weather.
According to the DOTr, the installation of steel railings and barriers, pedestrian overpass, at-grade crossing, and lifters for the commuters at designated bus stops along EDSA are currently underway. These bus stops are also integrated into the current MRT-3 stations, making them easier to access for passengers, especially PWDs and senior citizens.
While the new bus stops do look ready to serve passengers, there is a noticeable issue with them. As seen in one of the photos provided by the DOTr, the buses plying the dedicated bus lane still have their doors on the right. As such, passengers who disembark will be walking directly onto traffic and might be sideswiped by traffic. Surely, the DOTr and other agencies involved will be able to address this issue before the new designated bus stops on EDSA are fully operational.