Bus loading, unloading scheme along Edsa to start Tuesday

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MANILA, Philippines — It’s all systems go for bus segregation.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has announced over radio that the Bus Segregation Scheme will be fully enforced on Edsa this Tuesday, Dec. 18.

In an interview, Traffic Engineering Center Director Noemi Recio said that buses would be allowed to stop and pick up or unload passengers at their designated areas only.

Currently, city buses are organized into A and B routes, A for Alabang and B for Baclaran. Both types can load and unload at all stops.

In the new bus scheme, buses will be designated according to A, B and C. A-category buses can only load and unload at bus stops with A-designation. B-category buses can load and unload at B-designated stops, while the C-category buses can load and unload at any stop.

According to Recio, it is the operators themselves who have designated the buses for the Category A, B and C.  Eighty percent of the buses are in the categories A and B while the rest are designated C- buses.

Supposedly, the scheme was to begin on Sunday, Dec. 16. But according to MMDA chair Francis Tolentino, they are still waiting for some bus operators “who haven’t yet claimed their stickers.” The MMDA was still fixing some of the bus stops, as of Sunday, he said.

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  • Barangkuag

    cguro i consider din yung number of buses plying particular routes. kc kahit may designated load and unload areas kung napakarami din na buses ang pipila, mag kakaroon pa rin ng congestion sa lugar. bawasan ang number of buses na papasada sa isang araw.

  • kunsabagay

    bawasan dapat ung number of buses, ung buses na kaunti lang ang laman dapat may fine para madala. kahit anong segregate mo kung excess ung buses na kayang accomodate ng edsa wala din

    • kismaytami

      Have you been to EDSA-Ayala Avenue bus terminal during rush hours? The bus companies wanted to take in more passengers but there’s not enough ride for all. I’m not siding with these bus companies, but based on personal observation, having been a rush hour commuter to and from my job, it is not the buses, that is in excess during rush hours, but private vehicles. The only problem with buses is that most drivers are undisciplined, they would cut and swerve everywhere they want.

  • blainz

    I hope this cuts the traffic, but I expect a lot of passengers will be irate if the stops make them walk too much. Both bus drivers and passengers have to be disciplined to make this work. Times like this makes me miss Bayani Fernando.

    Slightly off-topic: When will LRT’s Roosevelt station have an operational connection with MRT’s North Avenue station? It’s ridiculous that one has to take an interim bus or jeepney ride when the tracks have already been laid.

    • http://jcsesecuneta.com/tome/ JC_John Sese-Cuneta (謝約翰)

       Re: LRT Roosevelt and MRT North Avenue: Answer – never.

      When Sec. Mar Roxas took over (and before he left), he said that their studies showed that creating a Central Station in-front of SM North EDSA Annex is not advisable because it will disrupt the timing of the trains.  The proposed Grand Central Station by PGMA is too near to Green Line’s Roosevelt station and Yellow Line’s North Avenue station.

      Before Mar Roxas left for his new post, he mentioned that they’re planning on erecting an elevated walkway from Green Line Roosevelt to Yellow Line North Avenue stations.  Well, to this day, there are no traces of it anywhere, and I doubt anyone will bother to walk that far, back-and-forth, everyday.

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