Metro Manila doesn’t need odd-even scheme –ex-LTO Chief

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METRO Manila doesn’t need to revive a decades-old vehicle volume reduction scheme to solve its seemingly hopeless traffic congestion problem, a former official of the Department of Transportation and Communication said on Friday.

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The former chief of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Alberto Suansing, said vehicle volume is not the main cause of congestion along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares but the failure to implement traffic laws by agencies tasked to manage traffic like the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

“They are always blaming vehicle volume as the reason for congestion, but we believe that there is volume because of traffic congestion,” he noted.

He added that vehicle congestion exists because traffic flow is obstructed by erring public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers who stay too long in loading and unloading on undesignated areas.

Suansing cited other problems like illegal parking and sidewalk obstructions forcing pedestrians to walk along the side of the roads where they might get hit by passing vehicles.

“These are the causes of traffic congestion and by strictly enforcing traffic and road laws we can somehow ease traffic congestion, without reintroducing old traffic schemes that might only lead to additional problems,” he added.

Suansing also noted that the country has enough traffic and road policies stated under chapter 4 of the Republic Act 4136 or the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code” and the government must strictly implement them.

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  1. In Better Living where pedestrians often travel faster than traffic, Dona Soledad is lined with traffic enforcers who do little more than wave their arms in the air signaling cars to continue moving. Meanwhile, motorbikes travel in a magical make believe lane in the middle of the road, cars and trucks park anywhere they want including directly under signs proclaiming a P500 fine for obstructing traffic, and tricycles regularly break more traffic laws than they follow.

    Enforcement of driving laws would make a difference, but there is no enforcement. Even so, the problem doesn’t come close to the traffic absurity that results from having Dona Soledad intersect two exits of the expressway, two exits from Service Roads, and one entrance to the expressway, while on one side crossing railroad tracks and narrowing into barely two lanes always partially blocked by street vendors and pedestrians and, on the other side, feeding a taxi stand and parking garage for SM Bicutan.

    One could blame the problem on dismal planning. One could blame the lack of traffic enforcement. However, the real problem is a government which, from the Barangay level to the Presidency, simply doesn’t care about the people.

    Until the problems directly affect the members of the Makati Business Club, who are the real power and controllers, nothing will be done.

  2. Matagal ko nang iminungkahi sa pamahalaan na hatiin ang mga sasakyang gumagamit ng mga lansangan sa Metro Manila upang lumuwag ang trapiko. Ang tinutukoy ko ay ang mga sasakyang pagtao (kotse, jeepney, bus, at iba pa) at ang mga sasakyang panghakot (truck, container van, trailer, at iba pa). Ang bilang ng mga sasakyang pangtao ay limang beses na mas marami kaysa mga sasakyang panghakot, ngunit mas maliliit sila. Ang mga sasakyang panghakot ay kaunti nga ngunit malalaki sila at mahahaba at mabagal ang takbo. Kung susumahin ay halos pareho lang ang dalawa sa gagamiting spasyo ng kalsada. Iba ang epekto nito kaysa number coding color coding, o ang odd at even numbers. Kung paiiralin ang minumungkahi kong kalahati lamang ng mga behikulo ang gagamit ng lansangan ay tiyak na luluwag ang daloy ng trapiko subalit ang mga nabanggit na sistema na sinubok na ay halos ika limang bahagi lamang ng mga behikulo ang mawawala sa lansangan.

    Sa aking panukala, ang sasakyang pangtao ay maaring gumamit ng lahat ng lansangan sa Metro Manila buhat ika 5:00 ng umaga hanggang ika 10:00 ng umaga ding iyon; at buhat ika 5:00 ng hapon hanggang ila 10:00 ng gabi. Ang mga sasakyang panghakot naman ay maaring gumamit lamang ng lahat ng kalsada sa Metro Manila buhat ika 10:00 ng umaga hanggang ika 5:00 ng hapon; at buhat ika 10:00 ng gabi hanggang ika 5:00 ng umaga kinabukasan.

    Sana subukan ng pamahalaan na pairalin ang sistemang ito at baka lumuwag ang tra[iko sa Metro Manila at masiyahan na ang ating kababayan. Kailangan lamang na ipatupad ng mahigpit ang mga takdang oras ng paggamit ng lansangan na nakalahad sa itaas upang makamtan natin ang tunay na epekto nito.

    Pedro Albea

  3. Regarding traffic congestions, provide the number of vehicles per lane per hour. Restrict all public utility vehicles within the two right most lanes should your highway is four lanes per direction of traffic. Should you have three lanes per direction of traffic, public utility vehicles should be restricted in the right lane and only allowed in the middle lane to pass unloading public vehicles.

    Strict enforcement must be applied to everyone and exception is only for the President.

  4. the comment has more muscle than those of words of noynoy who wants to go back to the old scheme that did not solve the traffic then -and to think that the traffic back then was not as heavy and congested as now…