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METRO MANILA COUNCIL

MMDA Resolution No. 03-28

Series of 2003

APPROVING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EDSA ORGANIZED BUS ROUTE PROJECT OF THE METROPOLITAN MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND ITS IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES

            WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 7924 empowers the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to set policies concerning traffic in Metro Manila and coordinate and regulate the implementation of all programs and projects concerning traffic management specifically pertaining to enforcement, engineering and education;

            WHEREAS, in line with its mandated functions, the MMDA is continuously undertaking studies to come up with viable programs/projects that could help ease the traffic problem in Metro Manila; 

            WHEREAS, the EDSA Organized Bus Route Project of the MMDA is considered as one of the possible solutions to efficiently manage the flow of buses along EDSA by controlling the headways between buses dispatched at terminals and by strictly enforcing rules on the use of PUV lanes and loading and unloading areas.

            NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved as it is hereby resolved, pursuant to Section 6 of RA 7924, that the Metro Manila Council (Council), in session duly assembled, after due deliberation, hereby approves the implementation of the EDSA Organized Bus Route Project of the MMDA and its Implementing Guidelines, attached hereto as "Annex A" of this Resolution. 

            RESOLVED FINALLY, that in order to effectively carry out the project, the MMDA Chairman is given the authority to revise or modify the guidelines as may be necessary in its implementation, subject to the review of the Council.

            This Resolution shall take effect upon approval.

            DONE this 17th day of September 2003, in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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CERTIFICATION

            This is to certify that MMDA Resolution No. 03-28 was approved by the members of the Metro Manila Council on September 17, 2003.

                                                                                                HILDA I. CORPUZ

                                                                                                Overall Head

                                                                                                Council Secretariat

Noted:

BAYANI F. FERNANDO

Chairman

 

 MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 08

Series of 2003

SUBJECT:     IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES FOR MMDA RESOLUTION             NO. 03-28, SERIES OF 2003, APPROVING THE EDSA ORGANIZED BUS ROUTE PROJECT OF THE METROPOLITAN MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

  1. RATIONALE
  2. OBJECTIVE
    1. Buses will be given color-coded dispatch numbers at terminals or centralized dispatching area and at control stations along EDSA where buses from various routes converge.  The color of the dispatch cards depends on the location of the terminal or control station where such cards are issued.
    2. Buses will be dispatched sequentially on a FIRST IN-FIRST OUT procedure from terminals or centralized dispatching area.  A pre-set desirable headway as indicated in the timer installed at said locations will determine time gap between dispatch.  Headway shall vary based on demand and/or time of the day.
    3. Dispatch number, bus/plate number, name of bus company, destination, and departure time will be recorded for each of the bus dispatched.
    4. Dispatch number must be displayed on the right side windshield of each bus.
    5. Buses with higher dispatch numbers will not be allowed to overtake other buses with lower dispatch numbers.
    6. At control points along EDSA where buses from various routes converge, new set of numbers will be issued to replace the original dispatch number from terminal or from previous control point(s), in order to maintain a sequential ordering of buses.
    7. Headways may vary based on demand along the corridor.  There will be spotters along EDSA to monitor accumulation of waiting passengers.
    8. The 1st or the kerb lane of the Yellow or PUV lanes will be for the exclusive use of the city buses, other PUVs (provincial buses, jeepneys, mega taxis, taxis with no passenger, and other yellow plate vehicles) will be required to use the 2nd lane of the PUV lanes. Taxis with passengers must use the lanes for private vehicles (3rd, 4th and 5th or median lane).
    9. At service roads of intersections with underpasses and flyovers, city buses may transfer to the 2nd lane upon leaving the bus stop before the intersection in order to allow right turning cars to occupy the kerb or the 1st lane.
    10. The 1st or the kerb lane can also be used as temporary holding area for stalled vehicles and for other emergency purposes. 
    11. All buses will be required to use the at-grade service road at intersections with flyover or underpass except in areas to be specifically identified by MMDA.
    12. City buses can load and unload passengers at major stops, the maximum duration of which shall not exceed thirty (30) seconds or as indicated by the timer installed in the area.  At minor stops, buses will be allowed to load and unload passengers, the duration of which depends on demand but not more than 15 seconds.
    13. At major bus stops or controlled stations, loading and unloading will only be allowed at designated areas between the markers "Start of Loading/Unloading Area" and “End of Loading/Unloading Area”. Incoming buses outside the designated area must observe “Closed Door Policy”.
    14. First arriving bus must occupy the area nearest the marker "Start of Loading/Unloading Area".  Succeeding buses must occupy the space immediately following the first bus.
    15. For each hour, the signal and timer will be set to a desirable maximum  loading/unloading/waiting time or to the desirable headway between bus departures from bus stops.  When the signal turns from “RED” to “GREEN” or when the timer has reached the predetermined time limit, all buses within the designated loading/unloading areas must leave immediately. The following or next group of buses must move immediately to the designated loading and unloading area vacated by the previous buses.  The timer starts when the first bus in the platoon has moved to the area with marker "Start of Loading/Unloading Area".  
    16. There will be absolutely no loading and unloading at signalized intersections during green phase of the signal.
    17. Loading and unloading shall only be allowed in the kerb or first lane.
    18. Private vehicles and taxis may stop to load and unload passengers and/or goods on the kerb or first lane anywhere along the length of EDSA but not within 50 meters from the nearest intersection, and not for more than 30 seconds.
    19. Queue numbers will be surrendered to authorized MMDA personnel at designated exit points at EDSA.  For each exiting bus, MMDA shall record queue number, plate number, bus number, company name, destination, and arrival time.
    20. Provincial buses are not allowed to load and unload along EDSA, except on areas to be specifically marked by MMDA for that purpose.
    21. Private vehicles may only enter the PUV lanes when making right turns to side roads of EDSA or when entering EDSA from the side roads.  There will be appropriate lane markings for this purpose.

The MMDA, as the agency mandated to implement all programs and projects concerning transport and traffic management, has designed and implemented various programs and projects to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila.

However, despite the presence of these projects/programs, traffic congestion in Metro Manila seems unabated particularly along its major thoroughfares.  

To respond to the seemingly unending traffic mess in the metropolis, the MMDA is continuously undertaking studies to improve the flow of traffic in Metro Manila.

Among the projects being considered as one of the viable solutions that can help ease the traffic problem in the metropolis is the EDSA Organized Bus Route Project, conceived to improve the operation of bus service at EDSA by controlling the headways between buses dispatched at terminals and by strictly enforcing the rules on the use of PUV lanes and loading and unloading areas.  With controlled and unified dispatch of buses, bus volume on hourly basis will be reduced thus increasing travel speeds.  

To provide implementing guidelines for MMDA Resolution No. 03-28, Series of 2003, known as the MMDA EDSA Organized Bus Route Project to enable affected/concerned parties to understand the details of the same.

                                                                                                                                              

3.0       GUIDELINES

Traffic Enforcers shall be assigned at designated loading/unloading areas in order to strictly implement this provision.  Moreover, apprehension of erring bus drivers should be done outside the designated loading/unloading areas so as to clear the way or to enable the next group of buses to move thereon.

3.22   Northbound

3.22.1  Terminals

  • TNB1 -           Baclaran (for Baclaran route via EDSA)
  • TNB2 -           C4 Extension (for Baclaran route via Ayala)
  • TNB3 -           NAIA
  • TNB4 -           Alabang/Muntinlupa
  • TNB5 -           FTI
  • TNB6 -           Pacita
  • Roxas Blvd (from Baclaran via C4)
  • Tramo (from NAIA)
  • South Superhighway/South Luzon Expressway (from Alabang/Muntinlupa, Pacita, FTI)
  • Ayala Avenue (Baclaran via Ayala)

3.22.2 EDSA Entry points

  1. Control Points
  • CNB1    -        Mantrade (converging point of buses from Baclaran     
  • CNB2    -        Estrella (coverging point for buses from Mantrade

                             Terminal, NAIA, FTI, Alabang/Muntinlupa, Pacita)

and from C4 Extension Terminal via Ayala) 

  1. Color coded queue numbers will be issued/posted on the vehicles at the following locations:
  2. Exit points

TNB1

Baclaran

Blue

TNB2

C4 Extension

White

TNB3

NAIA

Black

TNB4

Alabang/Muntinlupa

Green

TNB5

FTI

White

TNB6

PACITA

Brown

CNB1

Mantrade

Gray

CNB2

Estrella

Violet

Dispatch/queue number cards will be collected at the following locations:

  • ENB1     -       Aurora Blvd (for buses going to Marikina)
  • ENB2     -       Commonwealth (for buses going to San Mateo)
  • ENB2’    -       Fairview (for buses to Fairview, Lagro and
  • ENB3     -       Mindanao Ave (for buses going to Novaliches
  • ENB4     -       Balintawak (for buses going to Novaliches via
  • ENB5     -       Monumento (for buses going to Malanday,
  • TSB1             -           Letre/Navotas
  • TSB2             -           Malanday, Valenzuela
  • TSB3             -           Novaliches
  • TSB4             -           Fairview
  • TSB5             -           San Mateo Marikina

     Bulacan towns-San Jose del Monte and

     Norzagaray

     via C-5)

Quirino Highway, Valenzuela and to Bulacan

      towns via NLEX)

Letre, Valenzuela, etc.)

3.23    Southbound

                                   

3.23.1  Terminals

  1. Entry points
  • Monumento  -           from Letre, Navotas, Malanday (Valenzuela)
  • Balintawak     -           from Novaliches via Quirino, NLEX
  • Congressional Rd      from Novaliches via C-5
  • East Avenue  -           from Fairview, Bulacan towns, San Mateo
  • Kamias                      from Marikina
  1. Control Points
  • CSB1             -           Monumento (Honda)
  • CSB2             -           Balintawak
  • CSB3             -           Roosevelt (PLDT)
  • CSB4             -           New York

3.23.4 Color-coded queue numbers will be issued/posted on the vehicles at the following dispatch/control points:

TSB1

Letre, Navotas

White

TSB2

Malanday, Valenzuela

Black

CSB1

Monumento @ Honda (for buses from Valenzuela, Malanday, etc)

Red

TSB3’

Novaliches via Quirino

White

CSB2

After Balintawak Market @ Royal (for buses from CSB1, NLEX, Novaliches via Quirino, etc)

Yellow

TSB3

Novaliches  via C-5

Black

CSB3

Roosevelt @ PLDT (for buses from CSB2 and Novaliches via C-5)

Orange

TSB4

Fairview (for buses from Fairview and Lagro)

Black

TSB5

San Mateo/Marikina

White

COMN

Commonwealth @ Don Antonio

Red

CSB4

New York  ( for buses from CSB3 and Marikina

Pink

  1. Exit Points
  • ESB1    -           Buendia/Roxas Blvd junction beneath the flyover,
  • ESB2    -           Mantrade for buses exiting to SSH/SLEX (FTI,
  • ESB3    -           EDSA Extension/Roxas Blvd for buses to Baclaran

for buses to Baclaran exiting via Ayala Avenue 

Alabang, Muntinlupa and Pacita) and buses

to NAIA

via EDSA

  1. Other Provisions
    1. Bus Operators shall not allow any driver with suspended driver’s license to operate.  Bus Operators allowing drivers with suspended driver’s license to operate a vehicle shall be a ground for impounding the vehicle.
    2. Bus Operators shall require drivers to secure clearance from the MMDA before hiring them.
    3. Three (3) violations of the OBR rule within a period of one (1) month shall cause the automatic suspension of the driver’s license for one (1) month.
    4. Suspended driver’s licenses shall be under the custody of the MMDA and shall not be released until all the fines and charges have been paid.
    5. All bus drivers plying the EDSA route are required to undergo a one-day seminar at the Traffic Operations Center, Metro Manila Development Authority.  Bus Operators and Traffic Enforcers shall likewise undergo a separate one-day seminar to be able to understand
  2. Fines and Penalties
    1. Loss of Queue Number
    2. Overtaking and/or breaking the queue 
    3. Loading and unloading outside the kerb or the 1st lane
      1. Loading and unloading on the 2nd lane
      2. Loading and unloading on the 3rd lane
      3. Loading and unloading on the 4th lane
      4. Loading and unloading on other lanes (5th, 6th, median lane, etc.)
        1. Private vehicles stopping for more than 30 seconds to load/unload passengers and/or goods.
        2. Ignoring headway timer

the details of the EDSA Organized Bus Route Project.

Action

Violation

Penalty

1. Private vehicles inside PUV lane more than 100 meters before or after intersection

      Private vehicles loading / unloading within 50 meters from nearest intersection.

Disregarding Yellow Lane

P500.00

  

OBR Rules

1 month suspension both driver and car plus P300.00 for the reproduction of the queue card

 

-Violation of OBR Rules

-Disregarding Traffic Signs

(Note: Appropriate traffic signs must be installed)

1st Offense - P1,000.00

2nd Offense – 1 month suspension of the driver and the bus

     

 OBR Rules

P1,000.00

P1,000.00 and impounding of the PUV

P3,000.00 and impounding of the PUV

P5,000.00 and impounding of the PUV

Violation of           items 4. a, b, c and d for the second time or more shall be a ground for one (1) month suspension of driver’s license plus payment of the required penalty. 

 

OBR Rules

P500.00

(PUVs Waiting at bus stops for more than the time allowed as indicated by the timer).

 OBR Rules

1st Offense –P750.00

2nd Offense – P750.00 plus one (1) week suspension of driver’s license

3rd Offense – P750.00 plus one (1) month suspension of driver’s license

7. Skipping   or  bypassing designated terminals ; City bus running without dispatch number

 OBR Rules

1st offense – P1,000.00

2nd offense  - one (1) month suspension of the driver’s license

8. Provincial buses loading and unloading along EDSA

-Violation of OBR Rules

P1,000.00

9. Three (3) violations of OBR  Rules in a month

 

Automatic suspension of driver’s license for one (1) month

                     

                      

6.0       EFFECTIVITY.  This Memorandum Circular shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in two (2) newspapers of general circulation in Metro Manila.

APPROVED:

(SGD.) BAYANI F. FERNANDO

  Chairman