February 14, 2017
“No Jeepney” in Edsa-Guadalupe Eases Traffic
The first day of the implementation of the traffic management plan for the Guadalupe area in Makati City was successful in decongesting the place of pedestrian and vehicular obstructions, such as illegal sidewalk vendors.
Personnel from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) Traffic Discipline Office, Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group, and Anti-Illegal Parking Operations unit conducted clearing operations in the inner streets of Guadalupe early morning yesterday to ensure compliance of the routes agreed upon during the dialogue with stakeholders last week, presided by MMDA and Guadalupe Nuevo barangay officials.
According to MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos, the successful implementation of the new traffic scheme in Guadalupe can be attributed to the proper coordination between MMDA and the officials of Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo, as well as the cooperation of jeepney drivers and operators and owners of business establishments, including sidewalk vendors.
This is the first time in recent years that jeepneys previously passing through EDSA-Guadalupe are regulated to use the inner streets. EDSA-Guadalupe is a perennial traffic chokepoint, particularly the northbound direction.
MMDA personnel and local barangay traffic personnel went around the streets in Guadalupe area to make certain that vendors would not encroach on the sidewalk for pedestrians.
A total of four vehicles were towed for illegal parking while two truckloads of various items were confiscated from illegal vendors.
As agreed upon by the stakeholders, only two jeepneys will be allowed to pick up passengers on designated loading bays so as not to create traffic on the inner streets in the area. Due to the limited space, other jeepneys waited for their turn to load passengers inside their respective terminals.
Under the Edsa-Guadalupe Traffic Management Plan, public utility jeepneys (PUJs) will not be allowed to traverse Edsa but instead use the inner streets to go their respective destinations like Manila, Taguig City, and Pateros.
MMDA and barangay officials also proposed that to further ease the traffic condition in the area, deliveries intended for the commercial establishments in Guadalupe should be around 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day.
The delivery scheme has been used by big mall operators in Metro Manila since last year’s meeting with MMDA officials, who came out with the plan.