• MMDA to put up fast lanes for LRT2

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    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will put up fast lanes in preparation for the extension project of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 2 in Marcos Highway, which is expected to bring heavy traffic in the area.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the Traffic Engineering Center (TEC), along with the traffic teams from the cities of Pasig and Marikina, will put up fast lanes for westbound and eastbound traffic.

    Tolentino has asked DM Consunji Inc. to submit a traffic management and rerouting plan before starting the construction of the rail project. The MMDA chief met with officials of the LRT2 and DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) on Wednesday to discuss how to manage the traffic that the project will cause in the area.

    The MMDA particularly wants DMCI to submit a presentation of a traffic management plan in coordination with the local government units of Marikina and Pasig.

    “If there will be no traffic management plan, we will not issue any clearance. You need to provide us with a list of flagmen to be trained first before deployment,” Tolentino said in the meeting.

    The LRTA, he added, has started with the soil testing and two lanes have been closed to vehicular traffic. The project will last 36 months.

    The project will extend the existing LRT Line 2 by 4.19 kilometers eastward from the Santolan Station in Marcos Highway to the intersection of Marcos Highway and Sumulong Highway.

    The construction on Marcos Highway will be for elevated railways or viaducts. It will add another four kilometers to Line 2 to accommodate two more stations — Emerald and Masinag — in Antipolo City, Rizal.

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    1. Migs Hipolito on

      I double checked the date when this news item was published because construction has started since 2 weeks ago. We – those traversing Marcos Highway – have been enduring INTENSE to INSANE traffic from Filinvest going to Katipunan / C5 in the monring and from Katipunan/ C5 up to Sta. Lucia/Robinsons Metroeast. So either this report is outdated or the MMDA doesn’t know that the activity has started without them giving the permit.

      This has resulted to an additional 35 minutes traffic time going to work and 50 minutes going home.

      Aside form the supposed to be traffic management plan being stated in this article, my suggestions would be:
      1. remove the u-turn slots and just use the intersections. Put traffic lights of traffic personnel during rush hour.

      2. Remove the Public utility terminals at the following areas:
      a. LRT santolan
      b. Ligaya
      c. Robinsons Metro East and Sta. Lucia East Mall.

      3. Remove the parking at LRT Santolan station. Imagine, May parking na,… may terminal pa ng jeep, 2-3 lanes ang occupied.

      It is evident na may KUMIKITA sa parking at terminal. Kasi kung wala, then hindi yan tatagal.