How to solve traffic woes? ECOP has suggestions

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2015 03:47 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2015 11:47 PM

MANILA - The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) has some suggestions to help ease traffic in Metro Manila.

Among them are the widening of road networks, the expansion and improvement of railway systems, the completion of road links, the development of alternate routes, the removal of unlicensed public utility vehicles, and the development of a river transport system.

"Long-term solutions require upgrade and widening of road networks, expand and improve Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, completion of circumferential road links, develop alternate routes for vehicles, remove colorum, and
develop river transport," said Ed Lacson, ECOP president.

Meanwhile, University of the Philippines professor Clarita Carlos proposes the imposition of a congestion tax for the use of EDSA during peak hours.

"Congestion tax means when you have to pay to use EDSA during peak hours. This has been done in London and in New York," said Carlos.

Carlos also appeals to the public not to pin the blame solely on Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino for the heavy traffic in Metro Manila.

"The Metro Manila council is the decision maker. Let's stop bashing the person because no matter who you put in the position, he won't find solutions," she said. -- ANC