Despite the increase in the number of vehicles during the holiday season, traffic flow has improved along EDSA as travel time was reduced by 28 minutes, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
Based on data gathered by the MMDA, there was a substantial decrease in travel time from Roxas Boulevard to Monumento and vice versa, recorded at 1 hour and 10 minutes last Dec. 22 compared to last year's average of 1 hour, 39 minutes for the same date.
It has also noted that the total vehicle volume count along EDSA on Dec. 21 was at 357,529 or an increase of 11,499 from last year's 346,030.
With this development, the MMDA expressed its gratitude to motorists for their support and cooperation with the agency on its various policies to ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said that both public and private motorists have been very helpful and cooperative with concerned government agencies in easing the traffic condition in Metro Manila.
"With Christmas just around the corner and when traffic is expected to be heaviest during the Holidays in almost major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, the cooperation of the public and private sectors has been vital in improving the traffic flow," Orbos said.
The MMDA chief cited the motoring public's cooperation when several barriers and delineators were removed from portions of EDSA. Even without these barriers, motorists still follow the traffic rules, particularly the Yellow Lane, which is exclusively for public passenger buses.
Orbos also noted the initiatives of motorcycle riders' federations and public transport groups in formulating stakeholder-specific solutions to traffic in recent months.
"The agency is also grateful to these groups who made it possible for the strict enforcement of our existing traffic rules and regulations. With their ranks' cooperation, a semblance of discipline can now be seen in our roads," he said.
The agency, along with the I-ACT, has also been strictly enforcing the Nose In, Nose Out Policy for provincial buses.
"We have been making headway in decongesting these areas where the provincial bus terminals are located along Edsa with our stringent enforcement of the Nose-In, Nose-Out Policy," he added.
Metro Manila mayors are likewise appreciative of the traffic management by the MMDA field personnel in an effort to speed up traffic flow in the metropolis.
Source: Philippines News Agency