December 6, 2016
i-ACT Efforts Keep Traffic on EDSA Moving Despite Heavy Vehicular Volume
Despite the substantial increase in the number of vehicles this Holiday Season, the efforts of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) have made it possible for EDSA, one of the busiest thoroughfares in Metro Manila, to continuously move and improve the traffic flow on the main road.
Based on the comparative data gathered by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the average travel time along EDSA taken on October 6 and October 7, 2016 was 1 hour and 30 minutes with the average travel speed of 15.25 kilometers per hour.
This was taken before the implementation of the No Window Hours Policy of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or Number Coding Scheme on October 17, 2016.
On December 1 and 2, 2016, the travel time along EDSA was recorded at 1 hour and 23 minutes or about 7 minutes reduction from the previous figures. The data also showed that there was a 1.37 kph increase in travel speed, with vehicles running at the average of 16.62 kph.
The agency did the survey during the off-peak hours, from 12 noon up to 2 p.m. on the said dates.
“We are optimistic that the numbers would improve as we put in place more traffic schemes and measures to further improve the traffic condition in the metropolis especially with the Holiday rush,” MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said.
On the previous survey made by the MMDA taken on October 17 to October 21, 2016, the average travel time along EDSA 1 hour and 19 minutes or a 10-minute reduction from the previous average of 1 hour 29 minutes recorded from October 3 to October 7, 2016.