THE new director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) said he favors the removal of bus terminals on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to decongest traffic.
Police Senior Supt. Antonio Gardiola told reporters in Camp Crame that he firmly believes that the terrible traffic along EDSA will be solved if large provincial buses are banned from the highway.
“Malaki ang mababawas sa matinding problema ng trapiko sa EDSA kung walang naglalakihang mga provincial bus na nagmamaniobra at nakahambalang sa EDSA [There will be a major reduction in the major traffic along EDSA without the large provincial buses congesting the thoroughfare],” Gardiola said on Tuesday.
He explained that in the few minutes that a provincial bus maneuvers on EDSA, a bottleneck can be created.
Gardiola said taxis queuing and waiting for arriving passengers from the provinces on bus terminals also add up to the heavy traffic there.
The police official suggested that bus terminals be relocated outside or near Metro Manila and not on EDSA, as he directed his personnel to keep an eye on bus terminals where unscrupulous taxi drivers and baggage boys victimize arriving passengers from the provinces and charge them exorbitant fees.