October 28, 2016
MMDA Reiterates Christmas Traffic Regulations; Partners with Waze for Traffic-Data Sharing
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today reiterates the traffic regulations the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (IACT) will be implementing starting next week to reduce the expected traffic congestion this Christmas season.
These are the following:
1. Moratorium on all excavations or diggings on all national and city roads starting on the midnight of November 1 up to the midnight of January 9, 2017;
2. Ban on weekday mall sales starting November 1 up to January 9, 2017. Further, shopping malls shall adjust their operating hours from 11:00am to 11:00pm during the same period.
3. Mall deliveries during nighttime only from 11pm to 5am only, starting November 1 to January 9, 2017. Deliveries of perishable goods such as food and ice cream are exempted from this.
4. Expanded Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding scheme and “No Window Hours” starting November 2.
“These traffic-alleviating measures are intended to facilitate the free flow of motorists and Christmas shoppers even before December,” MMDA Officer-in-Charge Tim Orbos said.
I-ACT said the early implementation of these measures would offset the usual 20 percent increase in traffic volume every Christmas season because of the influx of people and vehicles from nearby provinces such as Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Central Luzon.
Meanwhile, as part of its efforts to ease traffic, MMDA today confirmed its partnership with Waze through the latter’s Connected Citizens Program, a two-way data exchange program with governments worldwide.
According to Orbos, MMDA will be sharing with Waze data on traffic-congested areas, road accidents, floods, and road closures so the public will be given the best possible route real-time. “They can now better decide on what roads to traverse to get to their destination, as they can avoid areas that are heavily congested.”
“This is a win-win partnership. MMDA’s data will contribute to better routes and Waze data will give MMDA wider incident coverage and public outreach, which we can study to improve our traffic management today and in the long-term,” said MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Julia Nebrija.
MMDA is the first Philippine government agency to partner with Waze.