SENATOR Manny Pacquiao yesterday praises the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for pushing for a single EDSA bus route also called the bus rapid transit project aimed to streamline the bus operations in Metro Manila.
Pacquiao expressed his support following the pronouncement of officials of both government agencies that only a single bus route dedicated to EDSA would be allowed out of the 61 existing routes once strict quarantine rules in Metro Manila relaxes. Under the plan, buses shall occupy the median lane, complementing Metro Rail Transit 3 which runs along EDSA.
“This move is foreseen to drastically reduce the number of buses plying EDSA from 5,000 buses to just a little over one thousand. With this scheme, it is expected that traffic congestion in the busiest thoroughfare will be greatly reduced,” Senator Pacquiao said.
It can be recalled that sometime December last year, Senator Paquiao came out with a similar proposal and conducted a trial run with some transport department and MMDA officials present.
“I am very glad that Secretary Tugade and Chairman Lim are embarking on the project at this time. We share the same vision and I will submit, once needed, the senate resolution to ensure that such a plan be realized and supported immediately,” said Senator Pacquiao.
At the same time, the senator also calls on officials of the DOTR as well as the MMDA for the immediate opening and operations of the integrated bus terminals for northern and southern Luzon provincial buses entering Metro Manila roads.