EDSA-Guadalupe jeepney ban eases traffic congestion
Posted: 2017-Feb-15 08.28.06 UTC+0800
MANILA — The first day of the implementation of the jeepney ban along EDSA Guadalupe in Makati City has eased traffic congestion as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was able to clear the area of obstructions such as sidewalk vendors and illegally parked vehicles.
Personnel from the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office, Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group, and Anti-Illegal Parking Operations unit conducted clearing operations in the side streets of Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo early Monday morning as agreed upon in a dialogue last week by the agency and barangay officials.
MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos said proper coordination between MMDA and the officials of Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo, as well as the cooperation of jeepney drivers and operators and owners of business establishments, including sidewalk vendors, led to the successful implementation of the traffic management plan.
The agency decided that jeepneys must not pass through EDSA but use inner streets as the EDSA-Guadalupe area is heavily congested especially for vehicles moving northbound.
Two truckloads of various items were confiscated from illegal vendors during the clearing operations of the MMDA and has also towed four vehicles for illegal parking.
Under the Edsa-Guadalupe Traffic Management Plan, public utility jeepneys (PUJs) will not be allowed to traverse Edsa but instead use the inner streets to go to their respective destinations like Manila, Taguig City and Pateros.
MMDA and barangay officials also proposed that to further ease traffic condition in the area, deliveries intended for the commercial establishments in Guadalupe should be around 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day.
The delivery scheme has been used by big mall operators in Metro Manila since last year's meeting with MMDA officials, who came out with the plan. (PNA)