New EDSA bus scheme draws mostly jeers

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 18 2012 01:10 PM | Updated as of Dec 19 2012 04:09 AM

MANILA - The new Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) bus segregation scheme drew the ire of some passengers who were caught unaware.

Those who were unfamiliar with the delineated bus stops for bus A and B had to walk a few hundred meters to reach their destination.

Some grumbled that their fares would double as they would have to ride back to their intended location.

"Eh ang mahal ng pamasahe ngayon eh, di ko naman alam na ganyan, ang layo layo! Nakakainis," complained commuter Tita Pabalate.

Bus drivers and conductors also moaned that their profits dwindled by as much as 50% because of the new policy.

"Kulang ng kita sir, kasi siyempre mababawasan pasahero mo. Letter B lang ang sasakay, yung letter A di na makapagsakay sa'yo," said bus conductor Isagani Villaro.

Some buses were observed disregarding the scheme altogether, picking up passengers from areas not designated to them. Others were unlucky, scoring traffic tickets and fines from alert MMDA traffic enforcers.

Despite the perceived inconvenience, some passengers were more understanding, noting that the flow of traffic seems to have improved today.

Paul Navarro had to alight from the bus 400 meters from his intended destination on Edsa-Crossing. Scratching his head, the college student gained some perspective. 

"Maganda naman yung ganyan, pero... sabagay kasalanan ko rin naman eh, hehe. Sanayan lang din!"