One-way traffic scheme on EDSA proposed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — A group of engineers has proposed a one-way traffic scheme on EDSA to help ease congestion along the major thoroughfare.

GPI Engineers, Inc. suggested that EDSA's 23.8-kilometer stretch be used exclusively by vehicles heading south. All northbound vehicles, meanwhile, will have to take C5.

According to GPI, using this scheme will make travelling on EDSA faster. This will increase the average speed of vehicles travelling on the highway from 19.57 kph to 42 kilometers per hour.

GPI also proposed the adding of bus stops along EDSA and C5, saying this will reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

GPI president Fernando Guevarra said, "I would propose (bus stops) within 20 meters from any residence... This is in conformance with international standards and there should be a 500-meter distance between bus stops."

However, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) EDSA Traffic Chief Bong Nebrija isn't too enthusiastic about th idea, saying EDSA is not designed to handle one-way traffic.

"It’s hard — engineering-wise 'di designed ang EDSA for that one way scheme. Maraming mababago even the inner roads, 'di lang EDSA yung pinaguusapan natin."

Nebrija added the plan would also mean rerouting a lot of buses.

Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection president Ariel Inton shares the MMDA’s sentiments, saying if the plan is implemented, it would pose a serious challenge for commuters.

Elvie Medina, president of the National Center for Commuters' Safety and Protection, also slammed the proposal saying it experiments on the lives of the people.

In 2017, the MMDA said it would look at a one-way traffic scheme for EDSA proposed by Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento.

Back then, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago told CNN Philippines, "We cannot just declare a one way all for EDSA, C-5, and Roxas Boulevard just like that. Of course there will be adjustments in the areas of other cities such as Makati, Quezon City, Ortigas. We really need to plan it, of course the memory of the motorists, they are used to it."

CNN Philippines correspondent Crissy Dimatulac contributed to this report.