What causes Metro Manila traffic gridlock?


Posted at Aug 17 2016 08:12 PM

Roads, vehicles, people, and institutions. These are the top four reasons behind the traffic crisis affecting Metro Manila.

"Part of the problem is that people are so impatient and people don't follow rules," said Ma. Sheilah Napalang, director of the National Center for Transportation Studies.

According to Napalang, the government should prioritize improving the country's mass public transport system, which includes railway and bus rapid transit. She added that the premium P2P bus service is a good first step, as it gives another option for commuters, and encourages private car owners to leave their cars at home.

She added that even with road repairs and improvements, Metro Manila "will burst at the seams" as private vehicles continue to increase.

"We can no longer sustain so many private vehicles on the road. We will burst at the seams, even if we do make third, fourth, fifth level EDSA," Napalang said.

For Napalang, solving the country's transportation crisis can be solved by following four E's, which are engineering, enforcement, education and empowerment. - report from Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News