MMDA: Number of vehicles on Edsa nearing pre-pandemic levels
MANILA, Philippines — The number of vehicles on Edsa has reached 399,000 daily which is already nearing pre-pandemic levels, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Benhur Abalos Jr. said Thursday.
Abalos in a televised briefing that this is just 6,000 away from data in July 2019 at 405,000 cars.
“Ito po’y kinuha namin noong July 8, 2019. Ang mga sasakyan noong araw ay higit kumulang 405,000. Pero ngayong July 1, ito’y halos malapit na, ito’y 399,000 na. Ang pagkakaiba na lang ay 6,000,” Abalos said.
(Data from July 8, 2019, showed that there were 405,000 cars on EDSA. But this July 1, it’s already nearing 399,000. The difference is just 6,000.)
But Abalos noted the increased travel speed on Edsa despite the volume of vehicles almost reaching pre-pandemic level.
“Pero ang good news naman ay pagdating sa speed. Nung pre-pandemic, ang speed ng southbound ay 11 kilometers per hour. Ngayon, ito ay 27 kilometers per hour. So kung ikukumpara natin, marami ang sasakyan pero mabilis ang takbo niya,” Abalos said.
(But the good news is when it comes to speed. During the pre-pandemic, the speed southbound was at 11 kilometers per hour. Now, it is at 27 kilometers per hour. If we compare, there are many cars but their travel speed is faster.)
“Doon naman po sa northbound, noong araw, ito’y 21.67 [kilometers per hour]. Ngayon, ito’y 24.75 [kilometers per hour]. Mabilis pa rin,” he went on.
(On northbound, it was at 21.67 kilometers per hour before. Now, it’s at 24.75 kilometers per hour. It’s still faster.)
Abalos credited the increase in travel speed to the Edsa bus carousel and the reopening of intersections.
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