'5-minute challenge': Faster Cubao-Makati travel attainable by yearend, says official

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2019 07:53 PM

'5-minute challenge': Faster Cubao-Makati travel attainable by yearend, says official 1
Heavy traffic along EDSA. ABS-CBN News File photo

MANILA - The government remained optimistic that it could complete enough infrastructure projects to attain the 5-minute travel time from Cubao in Quezon City to Makati City by December, a public works official said Wednesday.

Several infrastructure projects in Metro Manila are set to be completed this year which are expected to decongest EDSA, making the 5-minute travel time “doable,” said ‘Build, Build, Build’ inter-agency committee chair Anna Lamentillo.

“We are working towards the 5-minute challenge… This is doable,” she told reporters.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that travel between Cubao to Makati could be reduced to 5 minutes, from the current travel time of at least an hour, by yearend.

The government planned to decongest EDSA this year through opening a portion of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, and a section of the NLEX Harbor Link. 

The recent opening of a portion of the C5 South Link which connects the cities of Taguig and Pasay also aids traffic management in the main thoroughfare, Lamentillo said.

“We are not just effectively decongesting traffic today, we want to effectively create a transportation network in Manila that will aid us in the future,” she said.

With the new roads, Lamentillo said vehicle volume in EDSA is expected to go down at the end of the year.