Transport groups want to be consulted on EDSA rehab

by Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2013 06:13 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2013 02:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Many transport groups are open to the proposal for a full rehabilitation of EDSA, but they say this needs careful study and they also want to be consulted.

Pasang Masda, a group of jeepney operators and drivers, says the Department of Public Works and Highways should not rush the EDSA rehab.

They are not against the rehab, but they would like to hear a plan on how to minimize its impact on traffic.

The Metro Bus Transport Club meanwhile is suggesting that public transport be prioritized on EDSA once the rehabilitation starts.

They say some sectors must sacrifice in order to minimize the impact on traffic,  particularly the private sector.

The Metro Bus Transport Club is not a hundred percent in support of the installation of the elevated bus stops, which the DPWH plans to construct while they are doing the EDSA rehab.

According to Atty Grace Adducul, the full details were not explained to them yet and there might be a need for them to prepare first.

Other bus companies though like Cher Transport want a thorough discussion on the matter since they still have a number of things that they want to clarify.

According to Cher owner, Chito Alejandro elevated bus stops may not be practical when they pick up passengers outside of EDSA, where there seems to be no plans to install elevated bus stops.

According to MMDA, the elevated bus stop was their idea but they have to see the DPWH proposal first before they approve it.