DPWH eyes carpooling as solution to traffic congestion along EDSA

September 9, 2015 4:52 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Sept. 8 (PNA) – After perfecting the yellow bus lane, carpooling is being eyed as possible solution to solve traffic congestion along Epifanio Delos Santos Ave. (EDSA), according to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson.

During the Senate Finance Committee deliberations on the DPWH’s proposed budget for 2016, Singson said they are studying the carpooling scheme where private cars with less than three passengers will be banned from EDSA during rush hours.

”This will help transport the passengers and ease the overcrowded public utility vehicles along EDSA,” Singson told mediamen after the Senate hearing.

Singson said once approved by President Benigno Aquino III through an Executive Order, the carpooling scheme should be strictly implemented to help ease heavy traffic along EDSA.

He said the yellow lanes will be allotted for the passenger buses while the remaining three lanes are for private cars only.

Singson, however, clarified that before the carpooling will be implemented, alternate routes should be provided for the private cars which cannot follow the proposed traffic scheme.

The DPWH said another solution is to have additional buses that would travel without stop from Trinoma in Quezon City to Makati City.

The traffic flow along EDSA has experienced slight improvement following the deployment of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) men in six choke points of the 23.8-kilometer road from Monumento in Caloocan to Pasay City starting on Monday. (PNA)

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