• MMDA has new traffic signaling system

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd unveiled on Thursday the state-of-the-art traffic signalization system (TSS) which is expected to greatly improve traffic management in Metro Manila.

    Aquino said the new system costs P296 million, which came from the savings of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

    He said the system, being implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), is the initial phase of the government’s efforts to improve traffic situation in the metropolis.

    “We can now respond faster in any road situations and problems,” said Aquino his speech.

    He asked motorists to strictly observe traffic rules and regulations.

    “We should not wait for us to be caught by authorities and camera before we obey traffic rules,” he said.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the TSS can manage 85 priority intersections and 25 traffic control/video surveillance locations around Metro Manila using a new software system.

    “In the future, this new system will be able to manage up to 500 intersections. TSS aims to upgrade, automate, and optimize the management traffic engineering installations around Metro Manila,” Tolentino said.

    He said some of the new traffic lights, especially those at strategic intersections, will use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and fitted with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

    These will then be hooked up to a monitoring center with wide-screen monitors at the MMDA’s Metrobase headquarters in Makati City.

    Tolentino said the new intelligent real-time traffic control system will help improve the safety of pedestrians, commuters, and vehicles through well-coordinated signal routes resulting to faster travel time and reduction of traffic congestion.

    “It can analyze and consolidate information for faster mobility, improved road safety, optimized vehicle flow and pedestrian movement, and reduced travel times,” he said.

    The project is a partnership of MMDA and the Spain-based technology firm Indra in a consortium with Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corp. (MIESCOR).

    Indra Project Manager Carl Decloedt said the TSS improves on the old traffic management network.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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    1. another hypocrisy for media . please check the real situation in traffic. for instance
      in balintawak cloverleaf interchange jn front of the market. the vendors occupied half the street lane ( the street interchange from bonifacio to edsa), everyday there is a massive traffic deadlock because of that. when we reported that to Quezon city police
      station 1,they retorted that they can not do anything because MMDA top mgt are getting
      padulas from the vendor’s leaders. and they point at the mmda enforcers right in front…… ” o ayan lang sila sa tapat,nakaupo pa nga sa mga karition,may lagayan kasi,malaki patong dyan”…when we notify the MMDA, they just promise,but do nothing., worst is that the vendors consider the street their own private backyard,when they are
      drunk.nagbabatohan sila laban laban sa isat isa,maraming sasakyan basag ang salamin……..lawlesness !?