QC lawmaker proposes 3 solutions to metro traffic-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
QUEZON City Representative Winston Castelo, chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development, on Tuesday said he will propose three measures before the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to ease the traffic along major roads.
"Drastic problems require drastic solutions... We assure the public that we are on top of the situation and we are preparing with the MMDA to come up with ways and means so that we will be containing the problem right now," Castelo said in a press briefing as he admitted that his proposals would meet opposition from public transportation operators and commuters.
Castelo said he will propose 1) car pools to be exempted from number coding; 2) a truck ban on major thoroughfares and secondary streets from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and 3) total ban of provincial bus terminals along Edsa.
Castelo said that for the car pooling to work, there should at least three passengers in the vehicle. The incentive is the exemption from the number coding system implemented by the MMDA in Metro Manila cities from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The total truck ban meanwhile will cover secondary roads like Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. "With the truck ban in major thoroughfares, trucks get clogged in secondary streets," the lawmaker pointed out.
Castelo's third proposal will affect around 60 provincial bus terminals which disembark passengers along Edsa.
"I am sure this will be met with stiff opposition... The argument there will always be the increase in the prices of goods. There will be a domino effect and consumers will surely be affected," he said.
Once the MMDA agrees to the proposals, through the House committee on Metro Manila Development, the current volume of vehicles along Edsa may be reduced by at least 20 percent, said the lawmaker.
Castelo also said he will push a House bill making resolutions and ordinances of the Metro Manila Council prevail over local ordinances.
"So we will avoid what happened in Manila as if they have their own republic," he said citing a city council resolution banning the entry of provincial and city buses without private terminals in Manila. (Sunnex)