House leader eyes odd-even scheme on Metro Manila bus routes

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Posted at Oct 11 2019 01:11 PM | Updated as of Oct 11 2019 01:44 PM

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MANILA - The House Committee on Transportation is eyeing to implement an odd-even number coding scheme along Metro Manila bus routes to ease congestion in the capital region's major thoroughfares, a lawmaker said Friday.

Not all bus routes will be affected by the proposed policy, House Committee on Transportation chair Edgar Mary Sarmiento told DZMM's Failon Ngayon.

"Kahit gaano kaganda ang plano, pag puno ang kalsada ng sasakyan, hindi magiging epektibo ito," he said.

"If somebody has to bite the bullet. Ang nakikita ko talaga dito ay private vehicles," he said.

Lawmakers have yet to finalize routes that would be affected by the odd-even scheme, but Sarmiento said the policy should be implemented along the chokepoints in Cubao, Santolan, and the South Luzon Expressway "at the soonest possible time."

A moratorium on the purchase of new vehicles is also being considered, he said.

"We just have to convince the people of the efficiency of the back up mass transport system," he said.

The suggestion comes as the national government continues to try different policies to reduce the traffic crisis that has crippled the daily commute in the Metro Manila.

The congestion, that catapulted Metro Manila as developing Asia's most congested city, has cost the economy an estimated P2.4 billion daily, an earlier study showed.

The traffic jams has also led to several social consequences, including the death of several patients inside ambulances trapped in Metro Manila's grueling congestion.