MMDA to malls: Manage Edsa entry points to curb holiday traffic
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday appealed to the management of malls along Edsa to seal its entrances facing the major thoroughfare to help ease the traffic.
MMDA – Edsa traffic chief Bong Nebrija said that vehicles trying to enter malls and queueing for parking spaces contribute to the worsening traffic along Edsa.
“‘Yung movement dito sa loob ng malls, siksikan. Napakatraffic sa loob ng mall, ‘yung queueing ng parking nila, nag-i-spill over sa Edsa,” Nebrija said in an interview on dzMM.
Nebrija appealed to mall operators to also manage the traffic inside their properties and close off entrances if inner mall roads are already jam-packed.
“Nakikiusap po kami na sana naman tulungan kami ng mall operators na i-manage na rin yung traffic sa loob nila at sana po hindi na po hintayin na makiusap kami na isarado,” the MMDA official said.
“Kung puno na po sila sa loob, isarado na po nila yung papasok sa kanila para po sa ganun, hindi po tutukod dito sa main thoroughfares natin lalung lalo na sa Edsa,” he added.
In a bid to ease vehicular traffic, especially during the Christmas holidays, the MMDA and mall operators have agreed to adjust the start of mall operating hours to 11 a.m. from the usual 10 a.m.
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