The MMDA has lifted the number coding scheme starting April 19 to 22 to allow motorists and commuters to go to and from the provinces during the Holy Week.
As such it is expected that EDSA will have heavy traffic, therefore the MMDA suggests other motorists to go through the Mabuhay Lanes:
- To North of Luzon:
- Take C-5 Road to QMC then right to Visayas Avenue, then left to Congressional Ave., then right to Mindanao Avenue, then take Mindanao-NLEX link to destination, or vice versa;
- Take C-5 to QMC then right to North Avenue, right to Mindanao Avenue, then the Mindanao-NLEX link to destination south of Luzon
- Rizal province:
from Bicutan interchange take DR A. Santos Avenue then straight ahead to C-6 to destination, or vice versa
from South Superhighway take South Station Exit then straight ahead and take Daang Hari to destination
From South Superhighway take Sta. Rosa Exit or Greenfield Exit
[Article via: GMA News | Image via: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)]
UPDATE: According to TV reports, 4 people (1 woman, 3 men) are reported to be dead, and 14 other injured.
I was on my way home when a bus exploded along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) just before 2 p.m. this afternoon in Makati City causing at least two people to be killed and 17 people to be injured.
Makati Police chief Senior Supt. Froilan Bonifacio immediately attended to the scene and reported that two people were killed during the blast that happened inside a “Newman” air-conditioned bus with plate number TXJ-710.
The bus explosion occurred close to the corner of EDSA and Buendia Avenue and just near the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Buendia station.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr. said that the probable explosive used was a bomb. Former Makati City mayor, Vice President Jejomar Binay was also spotted to have rushed to the scene.
It is yet to be known what the type of explosive used was. The Makati police are currently investigating the bus explosion.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is urging motorists to keep on patronizing the Mabuhay lanes.
It can be recalled that the Mabuhay lanes were tagged as Christmas lanes last month as they serve as alternate routes that help a lot on decongesting heavy traffic in Metro Manila.
MMDA sticks with its main goal of reducing the volume of traffic along major thoroughfares most especially EDSA.
The studies conducted by the Traffic Discipline Office suggest that there was an increase of travel speed along EDSA by over 14% during the past Christmas season. This is expected to balloon now that the holiday rush is through.
You might notice that streets are getting more and more congested as Christmas nears. This can be due to several reasons: Christmas bonuses, the shopping rush, an increased number of visits to relatives, Christmas parties, and the like.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is currently thinking of ways to help ease traffic in the city streets. “Traffic is everybody’s concern. We should look at it holistically rather than limiting our concerns to within one area of jurisdiction only,” says MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, in a meeting with Ortigas center and Ayala Properties representatives.
This is in light of upcoming holiday sales that various malls and shopping districts will be holding in the next few weeks, such as SM Megamall.
The MMDA is suggesting that vehicle flow be synchronized, particularly in the Ayala Avenue area. As for Ortigas, the MMDA proposes carving out loading and unloading docks for AUV shuttles, so that they don’t end up blocking the road while loading or unloading.