In its continuous effort to ease traffic especially in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) may implement a modified odd-even number-coding scheme in EDSA.
The new scheme to be called “Windows 2” will be implemented starting next month. MMDA said the new odd-even scheme will be a modified one because it will not be a total ban, which means that private vehicles will only be allowed to traverse EDSA on a given schedule from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, depending on the plate number.
According to General Manager Thomas Orbos, the acting chairman of MMDA, the following schedule will be followed:
- 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM – Odd
- 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Even
- 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Grace period
- 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Odd
- 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Even
- 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Odd
- 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Even
The Windows 2 scheme will only be applicable to private vehicles, including cars registered under the ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab. Public utility vehicles will not be covered under this modified scheme.
The MMDA urges motorists to know the times they are allowed to pass by EDSA and plan their trips ahead. However, they can also use alternative routes like the Mabuhay Lanes in cases of emergency trips.
“We have to remember, the private vehicles constitute 80 percent of the road usage…The road is for us, it’s for free. We’re not saying you can’t use the road, but use it at the time designated,” said Orbos.
Base on the simulation tests, MMDA sees a double increase in vehicular speed once the new scheme is implemented.
Along with the new scheme, the MMDA will also start implementing next month the other traffic scheme previously approved by the Metro Manila Council – opening of service roads along Roxas Boulevard (north bound) and transferring of Southwest Provincial Bus Terminal from Coastal Road to HK Plaza along Macapagal Highway to Roxas Boulevard.
Further, to aide the new schemes, light trucks will be prohibited in EDSA during ‘peak hours’ particularly in Mandaluyong and Pasig, which will ensue a decrease in about 3,000 light trucks once implemented.
The MMDA will still release a revised guidelines of implementation of this new scheme before its schedule of implementation next month.