MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement a new bus segregation scheme, which it hopes will lessen traffic on the yellow lane of EDSA by 40%.
In the old scheme, although A and B buses are separated at the loading area, the buses still load and unload passengers at the same time.
In the new scheme, not all bus stops can be used by A and B buses.
At the northbound lane of EDSA, for example, A buses can only stop at Magallanes, Buendia, Guadalupe, Shaw, Santolan, Farmers, Cubao, Ermin Garcia Cubao, North Avenue, Royal Balintawak and MCU Caloocan.
B buses, meanwhile, can only stop at Taft, Ayala, Estrella, Pioneer, Ortigas Ave., Main Avenue, Baliwag-New York St. Cubao, Quezon Ave., Congressional Ave., Oliveros Drive and Balintawak.
At EDSA southbound, A buses can stop at Oliveros Drive, Balintawak, Roosevelt Ave., Munoz, Arayat-Pinatubo Cubao, Shaw Blvd., Guadalupe, Buendia Ave., and Magallanes.
B buses can stop at Monumento-Caloocan, Kaingin Road-Balintawak, West Ave., Ortigas Ave., Boni Ave., Estrella, Ayala Avenue at Taft Avenue.
“Alternate na sila, so naka-paskil sa bus stop ‘yung ruta at aling bus lang ang titigil at saan pupunta,” said MMDA chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino.
There will also be bus stops that can be used by both buses A and B like in northbound EDSA and Julia Vargas where the SM North and SM Megamall have their own terminals.
There are 3,471 buses that ply EDSA everyday. -- ANC