Legislator Proposes Compromise On MMDA’s EDSA Bus Ban
EDSA BUS BAN – A lawmaker recently proposed a compromise on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) EDSA bus ban.
It has been reported that the MMDA will proceed to mandate the provincial bus ban on EDSA once the temporary restraining order from the Quezon City Regional Court is lifted.
The ban was also reported to be backed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Metro Manila Council, which issued a memorandum and a resolution to end bus routes at the interim terminals on the metro’s fringes and to close the bus terminals along EDSA.
In the ban, the violators will face a fine of ₱5,000 for bus operators, and ₱1,000 for bus drivers.
Recently, according to a report in PhilStar, Luis Raymund Villafuerte, deputy speaker and Camarines Sur Representative, seeks a compromise on the said bus ban.
In the compromise, he urged the authorities to consider allowing buses during the non-peak hours, which are usually after midnight until dawn, specifically from 2 AM to 4 AM.
Dan Fernandez, another deputy speaker and a mayor of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, supported the ban, further saying that this is one of the solutions in order to reduce EDSA traffic.
Fernandez aimed to build a bus hub on Sta. Rosa for buses arriving from the south and for vehicles transporting passengers to the city.
As per the report, Vilafuerte elaborated the compromise further, saying that for example, buses from Naga City, which leave at 8p.m will arrive at the capital early in the morning between 3AM and 4AM.
He further stressed that the compromise will allow buses to arrive during off-peak hours, thus, reducing the traffic congestion more.
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