How do you solve a problem like Metro Manila’s traffic?
by FFE PH News staff
Congressman Winston Costelo. Photo source: Solar News
Chair of the Congress’ committee on Metro Manila development and 2nd district Quezon City representative Winston Castelo is on a mission to finally curb the perennial traffic in the metro.
The solution, three proposals:
- exemption of car pools from number coding
- truck ban in major thoroughfares and secondary streets from 5 am to 10 pm
- total ban on provincial bus terminals along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA)
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has received the three proposals on Tuesday and is set to approve or reject them.
The committee said that once the proposals are in place, the number of vehicles in the metro could be reduced by 20%.
The committee chair said they expect their proposals will be met by resistance among transport groups and commuters. But he said that ‘drastic problems require drastic solutions.
‘We assure the public that we are on top of the situation and we are preparing with the MMDA to come up with ways and means so that we will be containing the problem right now.’
The committee chair also plans to pass a House Bill that will force all 16 cities and 1 municipality in Metro Manila to follow a standard set of traffic rules to be implemented by the Metro Manila Council.