Comfort coming? New trains to ease metro traffic mess


Posted at Dec 16 2016 04:42 PM | Updated as of Dec 16 2016 06:45 PM

MANILA - Residents of Metro Manila will start "feeling some comfort" from the traffic crisis in 2017, as new trains for the Light Rail Transit -1 (LRT-1) are expected to arrive within the first or second quarter.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Director Thomas Orbos told [email protected] on Friday, that the Line - 2 shall also be extended within two years and the Line - 1 in three years.

The Metro Rail Transit - 7, which shall traverse Quezon City and a part of North Caloocan up to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, will be operational in four to five years, according to Orbos.

"The long-term solutions we are talking about here are the mass transport systems, which the government is really working on. In the next two years, three years, it will come," he said.

"But in the meantime, we have to deal with all of these things and as I said, I am holding the fort until these things arrive," he added.

This week, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic strictly enforced the "nose-in, nose-out"policy for provincial bus terminals along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

"The nose-in, nose-out policy will remain and the non-loading and unloading, we’ll enforce it, and we will be there. I guess right now, what we need to do is enforcement on our side, and on the side of everyone is discipline and understanding," said Orbos.

Orbos is also thankful that mall centers have cooperated in no- weekday sales, deliveries during daytime, and no loading and unloading in EDSA.

Traffic agencies are also hoping to open access roads to ease traffic along major thoroughfares.

"In fact, before we asked the private sector to open up their villages, we’re looking at all public properties to open up. That’s what we are doing right now," he said.

He cited Bel-Air village in Makati as one good example, having opened a small portion of the executive village that would lead to Jupiter coming from EDSA-Buendia.

"People cooperate and even private sector, they understand the problem," said Orbos.