THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) listed several measures to prevent long queues at transportation hubs.

This comes after long lines of commuters were reported at the MRT-3 Ortigas and Ayala Stations on June 11.

In a statement, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the DOTr Road Sector and the LTFRB to implement the following:

1. Revisit the present free ride system, and to study if it may be expanded to other platforms, and not just limit it to the road transport sector

2. Push the EDSA Busway Consortium to deploy the maximum number of authorized bus units under their contract to serve more commuters availing of the free bus ride, especially during rush hours, and to add more units as necessary.

DoTr said, to date, the Consortium pledged to add 15 more modern bus units with left side doors that will be deployed along the EDSA Busway Route.

3. Add more transport marshals to properly manage passenger traffic at the various EDSA Carousel stations, and to guarantee fast and orderly passenger bus boarding

4. Deploy more "rescue skip buses" to congested EDSA Bus Stops to pick up passengers, especially during rush hours

5. Open more mini bus loops, so that EDSA busway units can maneuver immediately and pick up passengers

DoTr said the mini bus loops will be monitored and managed by InterAgency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), in coordination with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Meanwhile, the DoTr Road Sector, MMDA, and local government units (LGUs) concerned will meet and further discuss various measures to prevent traffic congestion that affect the operation of the EDSA Busway.

The transportation department also assured it will continue to develop and sustain infrastructure projects and transport initiatives underway such as the EDSA Busway System, massive rehabilitation of MRT-3, promotion of Active Transport, and the long-term railway projects ((LRT-1 Cavite Extension, LRT-2 East Extension, MRT-7, PNR Clark, Common Station) among others.