If it feels like there are a lot more buses on EDSA southbound this week than last week, well that’s simply because there’s really a lot more.

As the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) handles the business of rehabilitating the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) and adding more trains to the system, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has reinstated the MRT Bus Project to ease the long cues commuters have been experiencing at the train stations.

Originally proposed in 2013, the MRT Bus Project is a fleet of buses whose sole purpose is to ferry MRT passengers from one station to the next during rush hour.

Buses under this project will only ply the southbound lane of EDSA between 6AM and 9AM Monday to Friday and can only pick up passengers from the MRT stations in North Avenue and Quezon Avenue and drop them off only in the MRT stations in Ortigas. Fares will be equal to what the MRT charges for transit between aforementioned stations.

These buses, which can carry around 55 to 60 passengers, will also be allowed to take underpasses, flyovers and will be exempt from the number-coding scheme.

“The rationale behind is that we, from the Department of Transportation and Communications, would just like to help alleviate the lines that we have along the MRT stations. If you look at the total, obviously it will hardly make a dent. But if you look at it from the point of view of even 10 passengers who would like to have a more comfortable ride, who don’t have time to wait in line or would just like to go to Makati earlier, we’re just offering an alternative,” said LTFRB executive director Roberto Cabrera.

When asked about this project’s effect on the traffic along EDSA, Cabrera indicated that it could be resolved with “proper traffic management” and if need be, modified to lessen its negative impact on the current traffic situation.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer