The year ahead: More vehicles, heavier traffic on EDSA

Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 02 2018 03:08 PM

MANILA - More vehicles are expected to traverse EDSA this year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warned on Tuesday.

The MMDA said over 400,000 vehicles are expected to pass through EDSA daily this year, significantly higher than the 357,000 vehicles that traveled the said road daily in 2017.

The projection, according to the MMDA, is based on the number of newly-registered vehicles last September, which reached 50,000.

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago believes that these newly registered vehicles were bought to avoid the new excise taxes on vehicles that will start to take effect this year.

Aside from the increase in the volume of vehicles, the MMDA added that infrastructure projects are also seen to add to the congestion this year.

Some of the transportation projects in the pipeline this year are the common station for the MRT and LRT, and the Metro Manila subway.

Though the traffic situation along EDSA is unlikely to improve, the MMDA appealed to motorists for discipline on the road to avoid more transportation problems.

"We are always honest at ang kailangan namin kooperasyon ng mga kababayan natin na ma-discipline ang mga undisciplined drivers," Pialogo said.

An additional 300 traffic enforcers were recently hired by the MMDA to help guide traffic in the metro. The new enforcers began manning bus terminals along EDSA Tuesday morning in anticipation of the influx of passengers returning to Manila.