• Palace: Provincial buses banned on Edsa

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    TO address the worsening traffic gridlocks in Metro Manila, the government is implementing a new traffic scheme along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) on Monday, Malacañang said.

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    In a radio interview aired on Saturday, Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said, based on a new resolution by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), provincial buses will no longer be allowed to use underpasses along Edsa.

    “Doon na lang po sila dapat sa yellow lane [They should only be inside the yellow lane],” Valte said, adding that the new measure is “effective immediately.”

    Provincial buses coming from Kamuning and Cubao areas are also not allowed to take Edsa beyond P. Tuazon Avenue, from 6 to 9am on weekdays.

    From P. Tuazon, the provincial buses will take C-5 Road.

    Beyond the prohibited hours, provincial buses are allowed to take Edsa.

    Valte said that another MMDA resolution states that starting September 15, the total truck ban on Edsa will be from 6 to 10am and 5 to 10pm.

    The existing truck ban on Edsa is from 6 to 9pm except Sundays and holidays.

    Meanwhile, Valte said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) continues to clear obstructions from secondary roads being used as alternate routes by motorists who avoid Edsa during the rush hour.

    She said the DPWH is coordinating with the local government units of Pasay, Makati, and Quezon cities for the clearing operations.

    Valte also assured that the DPWH is working double time to finish its projects in Metro Manila.

    “Hopefully these measures, when taken together, will contribute to the lessening of heaviness of the traffic along Edsa,” she added.

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