45-day re-routing takes effect-A A +A
Thursday, July 24, 2014
THE 45-day experimental traffic re-routing in Bacolod City took effect Wednesday to ease traffic congestion in the city, especially at the downtown area.
Affected routes are Sta. Fe-Central Market, San Dionisio-Central Market, Villamonte-Central Market, Eroreco-Central Market, Alijis-Central Market, Mansilingan-Central Market, Fortune Town-Central Market, Singcang-Airport-Central Market, Tangub (Proper)-Central Market, Tangub (Highway)-Central Market, Punta Taytay-Central Market, and Banago-Libertad.
The re-routing scheme now allows some of the affected routes to utilize the transport terminal at the Vendors’ Plaza at the Reclamation Area.
Senior Inspector Roger Ong, head of Bacolod Traffic Management Unit, urged Wednesday affected jeepney drivers to follow the implementation of the re-routing.
Before the re-routing was implemented, Sta.Fe-Central Market jeepneys were only allowed up to Locsin St. near the Central Market, but now they can proceed to the terminal at Vendors’ Plaza.
San Dionisio-Central Market, which previously had a terminal at Burgos South Market, also now have a terminal at the Vendors’ Plaza.
Eroreco-Central Market jeepneys now also have a terminal at the Vendors’ Plaza from their previous stand-by area at corner Locsin-Rizal Streets.
Other affected routes such Singcang-Airport-Central Market and Tangub-Central Market are now passing by the Vendors’ Plaza.
Punta Taytay-Central Market jeepneys no longer turn left from Palanca Road to the Dawis area, but go straight to the street along the new ETCS building then turn left to Rodriguez Avenue and then turn right to Araneta Street.
Ong said the re-routing is pursuant to Executive Order No. 014-04-04 issued by Mayor Monico Puentevella which was concurred by City Council Resolution No. 08-014-606, Series of 2014.
He said after the 45-day traffic experiment, they will submit their report to the City Council for assessment and recommendation.
The traffic experiment will end on September 5 and after this, a public hearing will be conducted to determine whether the new routes will be implemented or not.
On the first day of traffic re-routing Wednesday, Ong said some jeepney drivers and commuters were complaining, however, there was big improvement in traffic situation of the city.
“It’s normal and we need to adjust to address the traffic congestion in different areas of Bacolod,” he said.
Ong also asked the cooperation of the public to maintain the smooth flow of traffic in the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 24, 2014.