March 11, 2017
Metro Manila Transport Consultative Council Created for Odd-Even Scheme and Other Proposed Traffic Decongestion Measures
As espoused by the transport leaders themselves, the Metro Manila Transport Consultative Council (MMTCC) was formed to study and make suggestions on traffic measures and policies being proposed to the Metro Manila Council for approval.
During a consultative meeting called by the Metropolitan Manila Development Agency (MMDA) with various stakeholders (March 9), to get their sentiments and opinions regarding the proposed modified odd-even scheme, the representatives of various groups from the transport sector agreed to form the MMTCC.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos welcomed the move and said that the council will be a big help to the government in crafting measures to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila as it would ensure that the transport sector is always consulted.
University of the Philippines Professor Clarita Carlos shall act as facilitator of the council. It shall be composed of transport leaders, commuters’ safety advocate, motorcycle riders’ organizations, public utility vehicles operators (jeepneys, city and provincial buses, taxis), representatives from MMDA, Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.
When the proposed modified odd-even scheme was tossed to the parties, the general consensus was that it would be better if the full-day odd-even scheme is implemented on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila as it is less complicated and would not cause confusion among motorists.
Everyone in the meeting agreed that the current traffic woes in the metropolis is due to the large vehicular volume traversing several major roads, particularly EDSA.
Aside from the transport sector, MMDA will also conduct series of consultation on the modified odd-even scheme with different stakeholders in the coming days, as instructed by the Metro Manila Council.
“We want to get a broad sentiment of the stakeholders and the general public with these consultations,” Orbos said.
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