Philippines eyes more footbridges, pedestrian lanes for bus commuters

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2020 10:31 AM

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MANILA - Government is eyeing to build footbridges or pedestrian lanes for bus passengers that will disembark on the leftmost lanes on EDSA, a senior consultant of the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

"'Yan na 'yan. Massive din ang investment ng gobyerno d'yan. Nagle-lay down na tayo ng barrier. Permanente na 'yung structure na 'yan. Noon pa dapat ginawa 'yan," Transportation Assistant Secretary Alberto Suansing told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

(That's it. The government has invested massively for this. We are laying down barriers. The structure is permanent. This should've been done long ago.)

"Pag nandoon sa kanan 'yung bus naaantala ang kanilang biyahe dahil may mga sasakyan na pa-kanan."

(When buses are on the right lanes, their journey is interrupted by vehicles turning right.)

Some 90 buses plied EDSA on Monday to augment the metro's railway systems along with permitted taxis, ride-hailing cars, and shuttle services as part of the first of 2 phases of public transportation.

The second phase from June 22 to 30 will allow public utility buses, modern jeepneys and UV express vans, authorities earlier said.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has been tasked to identify routes in Metro Manila where jeepneys may be allowed to traverse, Suansing said.

The findings of the LTFRB will be released later Wednesday, he added.