The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday said that they are considering setting up a counter flow lane along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) to improve traffic conditions during rush hours.
In a radio interview, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that he already directed the agency’s Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) to study the flow of traffic along Edsa’s “zipper lane.”
The proposal indicated that Edsa’s northbound lane would be opened to counter-flowing vehicles from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. On the other hand, the southbound lane will be opened from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tolentino noted that Edsa’s southbound lane is mostly congested in the morning since more vehicles go toward the Makati Area, whereas motorists from Makati head towards the Quezon City area after office hours.
The MMDA, he added, has already experimented on the idea when they allowed the counter-flowing of vehicles on the Rockwell flyover.
Besides the reversible lane, Tolentino also said that traffic along Edsa might further improve once the Bus Management and Dispatch System is fully implemented.
Three integrated bus terminals (ITS) are set to be completed this year and all provincial buses will not be allowed to traverse Edsa and some Metro roads.
According to the MMDA chief, the ITS for southbound provincial buses is in its final stage in a privately owned area at Uniwide Coastal Mall, Parañaque City.
Once completed, the terminal, which would serve as a connecting hub of provincial and city buses, would accommodate at least 972 Cavite and Batangas-bound provincial buses.
The project aims to decongest Edsa and to cut short the trips of provincial buses, Tolentino said.
According to government records, at least 85 provincial bus terminals are operating in Metro Manila, with 46 of located along Edsa—contributing to daily vehicular traffic.
At present, there are some 28,432 provincial buses nationwide, 7,736 of which are currently entering Metro Manila.