Cheers, jeers greet bus scheme


THE BUS STOPS WHERE? Better clip and keep this guide so you won’t take the wrong bus on Edsa. MMDA

Day one of the bus segregation scheme implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority drew both cheers and jeers on Tuesday. While some agreed that it helped ease traffic flow on Edsa, others saw it as another inconvenience for commuters.

The scheme designates specific stops for buses to prevent bottlenecks and long queues. Buses marked “A” can load or unload passengers at red bays, while “B” buses can stop only at blue bays.

A smaller number of buses— about 20 percent of the 3,100 buses plying Edsa—are marked “C” and can use all stops.

“There is less congestion on Edsa now because there is greater distance between buses. Before this scheme, all the buses jostling for passengers would form a long line stretching from the Guadalupe stop to Estrella stop, which is about 800 meters to one kilometer long,” said MMDA traffic constable Sonny Guiam Sr.

Feedback posted on the MMDA Facebook page made similar positive observations.

Bryan C. Bulusan wrote in Filipino: “Good job, MMDA! Traffic flow was not that bad on Edsa earlier today. I hope this will continue and not just be temporary (ningas kugon). I hope bus drivers and commuters follow it. This is for our own benefit.”

But another online reaction, from Patrick Crisostomo, cited a drawback: “Honestly, this system is bad for commuters. Imagine if, in the morning, the bus you took stopped 500 meters away from where you were supposed to get off? You will have to walk. How about the handicapped, the disabled, the elderly and pregnant women?”

Guiam conceded that some commuters found themselves in such situations because they boarded the wrong bus. “They complained about the distance they have to walk, but they were not really angry. I just advised them to take the C buses.”

“I just hope commuters would keep themselves informed from now on,” he said.

In an Inquirer interview, Ahara Tropel, a taxi driver who takes the bus from Cubao to Mantrade, noted that Edsa traffic got “a bit better.”

I think it will work. Just give it time. In the coming days we will get used to it,” he said.

Emily Panganiban, an office worker who takes the bus from GMA-Timog to a stop near the MMDA office, was apparently one of the thousands of commuters who were still caught unaware despite the information campaign on the scheme.

She said she “got lost going to work” after unknowingly taking a bus that was not allowed to unload passengers on Shaw Boulevard, her usual stop. “It will be a big hassle for passengers during rush hours.”

Bus inspector Elena Romero said she encountered a number of angry passengers who missed their stops. “There were loud protests, but we had no choice but to comply,” she said. With a report from Noli A. Ermitanio

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  • vendetta07

    less traffic is better for everyone

  • R J

    My staffs arrived in our office 6.30am today comparing usual 6.50am. Location Q.C. to Ayala

  • Lee P

    so what if they walk 500 meters?! the handicapped and the elderly should have a special access ramp, nothing more. if people dont like it, dont take the bus! ang tatamad ninyo!

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    maraming tamad na commuters sa metro manila gusto sa mismo tapat nang pinto nang bahay nila bababa mula sa sasakyan, kung ganyan ang gusto ninyo mag taxi kayo 

    • Marko

      Tama ka diyan pre! Ang daming ganyan sa pasay road, magkakatabi lang yung building dun eh gusto nila sa tapat mismo ng building yun baba nila. hanep 6 na hakbang lang ang pagitan, “para” na agad ang mga tamad!

  • Garo Ungaro

    who ever has this idea finally, it will work its just a matter of patience and discipline with the riding public…every body is affected temporarily…good idea…kudos to MMDA….

  • InSearchOfTruth

    next naman bawasan ang bus sa edsa.  kaya nagtatagal sa mga bus stop ang mga yan kasi hindi napupuno ang mga bus nila

  • Mux

    How many times has this bus segregation scheme been implemented? I remember this back in the early 1990s, 2000s and now again. It is not new. There’s just no political will to make it stick. Just like the yellow lane rule. Who follows it? 

    • vendetta07

      then please set an example

      • Mux

         I take the MRT.

      • 1GeorgeTolentino2

        Then do not comment on the effectivity of something you do not have any experience on.

      • Mux

        Are you a moderator here? If not, then don’t tell me where I can or cannot comment. You are free to agree or disagree with me by stating facts. I stated facts. 

  • Timothy Te-Co

    In addition to this new scheme, dapat pag may traffic violation within 5 minutes tapos na ang usapan, either the driver has been cited for a traffic violation and has been given a ticket or be allowed to move on.  Pag tumatagal ang usapan pumapasok ang negotiation at lagayan, nakakaabala tuloy sa ibang motorista.

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