'Totally unrealistic, costly experiment': Binay hits DOTr's proposed left-lane EDSA bus stops

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2020 03:03 PM

Sen. Nancy Binay presides over a Senate hearing on February 20, 2020. Joseph Vidal, Senate PRIB/File

MANILA - Sen. Nancy Binay on Friday criticized the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) plan to construct bus stops on the 2 innermost lanes of EDSA, saying the proposal places "public safety as a secondary concern."

The plan is a "totally unrealistic" and "costly experiment" that is "bound to fail," Binay said in a statement.

"Papaano naman 'yung mga pasahero? Saan sila tatawid para makapunta sa gitna ng EDSA?" Binay said.

(What about the passengers? How do they cross to go to the middle of EDSA?)

"Lalo din papahirapan nito ang ating mga senior citizen at PWD," she said, referring to persons with disabilities.

(This will give a harder time to senior citizens and PWDs.)

Constructing infrastructure that would bridge the left lane bus stops to sidewalks on the right-most side of the highway "will not be readily built," the senator said.

"Sana try din nilang testingin 'yung kanilang science projects sa EDSA-- para kasing virtual experiment ang ginagawa sa mga mananakay," she said.

(I hope they test their science projects on EDSA first-- it's like their doing a virtual experiment on passengers.)

"'Wag na po nating ipilit 'yung mga hilaw at minadaling plano sa EDSA which places public safety as a secondary concern. 'Di po EDSA ang classroom sa online learning," she said.

(Let us not force premature and rushed plans on EDSA which places public safety as a secondary concern. EDSA is not the classroom for online learning.)

Binay reminded the DOTr that now "is not the time to stretch experiments."

"Ang nakakaloka, halos linggo-linggo ay may bagong ganap sa EDSA," she said of the busy thoroughfare that cuts through the metro.

(What's crazy is almost weekly, there's something new going on on EDSA.)

"What we see now are totally unrealistic and impractical transport plans. Our workers and the commuting public don't deserve this kind of treatment," she said.

Transportation agencies pushed for the establishment of left lane bus stops to limit the crowding of passengers who are boarding and alighting buses to adhere to physical distancing measures in the new normal.