Solon pushes for 'one-way all the way' EDSA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2017 07:18 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2017 08:12 PM

In an attempt to alleviate traffic in one of the metro's main thoroughfares, Representative Edgar Sarmiento is pushing for a "one-way, all the way" policy in EDSA.

"I came up with this idea to, at least, sabihin natin, it's just a suggestion na nakikita natin, paano natin mare-relieve ang over capacity ng EDSA," Sarmiento told DZMM.

According to Sarmiento, he has already discussed his suggestion to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Tim Orbos, and other transportation officials.

"What we do, in the absence of the needed infrastructures, and an efficient public transport, why don't we double capacitize first EDSA, and turn it into one-way," he said.

He added that it is only a suggestion, and he is not keen on implementing the new policy without testing it first.

"Tingnan natin ang movement, bago natin iimplement kung viable. We have to alleviate traffic and increase traffic flow in EDSA," Sarmiento said.

Aside from allowing only south-bound vehicles to pass EDSA and north-bound vehicles to pass C-5 Road, Sarmiento also wants to introduce the semi-rapid bus system.

"If you want to move passengers, we have to, right away, introduce the semi bus rapid," he said.

With the new semi-rapid bus system, buses will only be allowed to pass through specific lanes and stop only at designated points.

Sarmiento also proposes forming a consortium for all bus operators.

"Form a consortium, ang mga pasahero, sasakay lang 'yan, parang LRT na rin," he said.

"Run in EDSA a semi bus rapid. Maybe, who knows? Things will change. People will be encouraged to ride buses. Point to point, ilagay na natin. Wala nang traffic sila, walang obstruction, tuloy tuloy. 'Yung ibang bus na wala diyan, alisin na natin. 'Pag hindi ka kasama sa consortium, hindi ka makakatakbo," he added.