Saturday, September 22, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Who’s to blame for heavier traffic in metro? MMDA points to TNCs but Grab begs to differ

By: - Reporter / @jovicyeeINQ
/ 05:21 AM December 02, 2017

Asked to pinpoint the cause of the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila over the past few months, a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) official on Friday cited the huge volume of cars on the road.

According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, Edsa alone has exceeded its carrying capacity of 6,000 cars per hour per direction as it now serves around 7,500 vehicles.

ADVERTISEMENT

Pialogo said that transport network companies (TNCs) were also one of the “contributing factors” to the bigger volume of cars in the metropolis.

Grab Philippines, however, believes that it does not contribute to the problem.

FEATURED STORIES

Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu said that despite the fact that TNCs had been forbidden by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) from adding more cars to their systems since July, the traffic situation in the metropolis had not improved.

“Traffic has gotten worse. It’s not the TNCs causing traffic because we didn’t add cars. But why is traffic still bad? It’s very hard to ascribe [it to TNCs] unless there is a professional and objective study that’s done,” Cu told reporters during the launch of the company’s 24/7 customer service center.

He said that based on their data, commuters using their app now spend an average of 45 minutes per trip from just 30 minutes in June.

With the start of the holidays, commuters should expect a longer waiting time, especially since demand over the next few weeks will increase by as much as 30 percent, Cu added.

But despite the higher demand, Grab will abide by the LTFRB’s cap on surge pricing, he said.

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Metro, Metro Manila, MMDA, news, traffic situation
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

2 drug suspects slain in Cavite, Rizal buy-busts

September 22, 2018 11:33 AM

newsinfo

Poe tops Pulse Asia 2019 senatorial pre-election survey

September 22, 2018 10:55 AM

sports

Roger Federer mulling clay court return in 2019

September 22, 2018 10:50 AM

newsinfo

Smoke forces LRT-1 to disembark passengers  

September 22, 2018 10:48 AM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.