Blueprint for EDSA as express bus lane bared

September 13, 2019

THE chairman of the House Committee on transportation yesterday bared the blueprint of his proposed centralized and synchronized bus dispatch system to turn EDSA’s rowdy and chaotic city buses into a fast, efficient and predictable mass transport system.

In his proposal, Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento, a civil engineer, said that the innermost lane of EDSA will serve as an “express bus lane” that can be accessed through stations used by the MRT.

Like a carousel, Sarmiento said the “express bus lane” will just circle around EDSA, duplicating the route of the MRT.

“People who use the MRT can now have the option to ride the bus which will be also operated like carousel. The buses will only load and unload passengers in a synchronized manner at the MRT stations so they are basically an extension of the MRT. Walang magiging traffic d’yan because the entire inner lane from Taft Avenue to North Avenue and vice-versa will be enclosed and exclusive to the express bus lane,” said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento said that the three lanes at the middle of EDSA will be dedicated for all types of private vehicles subject to the existing vehicle reduction programs like the number coding scheme. Private cars will be only allowed to use the outer lane when turning into an intersection.

The outer lane of EDSA or the yellow lane will be used as a dedicated city bus lane, which will also adopt a centralized and synchronized dispatch system. Dedicated bus stops will be established one kilometer apart. Loading and unloading of passengers will be strictly implemented on these bus stops.

Sarmiento said that while the express bus lane will cater to passengers who also use the MRT, the city bus lane operation will extend up to the Parañaque Integrated Bus Terminal (PITX) in the south and the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal (VIBT) in the north and vice-versa.

It is suggested that city buses use the outermost lane in EDSA or the yellow lane, in a carousel-type system until they reach the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal. From there, the city buses will traverse to the south still using the outermost lane until it reaches the Paranaque Integrated Bus Terminal.

“We propose this to eradicate the kanya-kanya system of the buses wherein they compete with each other creating chaos through overtaking, over-speeding, and overstaying. Puno man o hindi, lalarga po ang mga city buses dahil may schedule na po ang biyahe nila at hindi na sila makikipag agawan ng pasahero dahil hindi na commission-based ang kita kundi sahod na ang matatanggap ng mga driver at konduktor,” Sarmiento added.

Sarmiento clarified however that his proposal can still be subject to improvements and adjustments by the DoTr and the MMDA which is the frontline implementing agencies.