The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) plans to block provincial bus terminals along EDSA this June and has since prohibited the drivers to alight passengers along the main highway in an effort to “reduce traffic congestion.”
According to transport economist Jedd Ugay, the new system would require commuters to get off at an interim terminal in Sta Rosa, Laguna and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange for those from the South, and another interim bus terminal in Valenzuela City for those from the North.
The proposed ban will only lengthen the process of traveling from point A to point B.
“Once you reduce the convenience of commuting, you’re discouraging people to use public transport and rather have them bring their own private vehicles, which again, would result to more private vehicles on the road,” he added.
The transport expert stated that developing public transportation would definitely drive more people to commute.
“Travel time and safety are the top things people think during commute. If you won’t get late because of commute, you are more enticed to make the shift to use public transportation. People are willing, but they don’t want to wait,” he said.
“Try to reduce the number of vehicles by making them shift to public transport, walking, or cycling. If you improve walkability in an area, you also reduce the number of trips there.”
News source: Rappler