THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Friday appealed to the public to give the proposed expanded High Occupancy Vehicle traffic scheme a chance.
This after the MMDA disclosed that the expanded HOV scheme is set to begin its dry run along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue next week. Under this scheme, single occupancy vehicles will be restricted from EDSA at certain hours.
In a press briefing, MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia said the dry run will be conducted for one week on EDSA, starting August 15, from 7 to 10 in the morning and 6 to 9 pm in the evening.
“Let us see for one week how the HOV scheme will work. We are calling on the participation of the public,” said Garcia.
Based on the agency’s traffic simulation, Garcia said the policy will result to a remarkable decrease in travel time and increase in travel speed along EDSA.
“With the proposed policy, EDSA will have 40 percent less vehicles,” said Garcia.
Based on EDSA’s annual average daily traffic (ADT) 2017, there are 367,738 vehicles traversing along the major artery daily. From this figure, 67 percent or a total of 247,527 are private motor vehicles. The survey also cited that 60 to 70 percent of the private motor vehicles along EDSA are single occupancy vehicles or an average of 148,516 to 185,645 in actual units per day.
Garcia admitted that the ban would congest other major thoroughfares and inner roads when the ban on single occupancy vehicles take effect.
“The agency had been relentless in clearing secondary roads and alternate routes every day but we can only do so much,” said Garcia.
He said the agency will make use of the no contact apprehension policy (NCAP) in counting the vehicles that will comply or violate during the dry run. The NCAP utilizes closed circuit television cameras installed along EDSA in monitoring and catching traffic violators.
“As part of the information drive, we will just inform and warn motorists about the HOV scheme,” said Garcia.
The scheme is the agency’s short-term solution to Metro Manila’s traffic problems amid the ongoing infrastructure projects along EDSA and elsewhere.
The HOV scheme was approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the governing and policy-making body of the MMDA, on Tuesday.