December 7, 2016
EDSA Christmas Traffic Faster Than Last Year
The volume of vehicles plying EDSA is expected to further balloon as the Holiday Season approaches, according to the survey of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), a member of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT).
Based on its vehicular volume count, as early as November 9, 2016, the MMDA recorded a total of 166,357 vehicles, including motorcycles, traversed the stretch of the estimated 23 kilometer stretch of EDSA. Of the figure, 132,667 were privates cars, the survey also revealed.
The MMDA survey noted that last Dec. 21, 2015, when the agency conducted its 4th quarter vehicular volume count, a total of 161,248 vehicles registered on the major thoroughfare, bulk of which were also private cars.
There was a 3.17 percent increase in the total volume of vehicles during the two periods which was taken during the 14 hours count. It also excluded vehicles coming to and from flyovers along EDSA, the survey added.
“This only means that as early as a month before Christmas, the volume of vehicles plying EDSA had already reached the level of last year’s number of vehicles,” MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said.
With this development, Orbos said the i-ACT is continuously implementing stakeholder-specific schemes and measures to improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila.
The MMDA previously held a series of consultation meetings with various transport groups and several motorcycle riders’ federations to come up with ways to ease the traffic condition in the major roads of the metropolis.
In an earlier survey by 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.