Dagupan all set for traffic experiment

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Monday, February 17, 2014


DAGUPAN CITY -- The City Government here has started painting additional loading and unloading zones along the streets of Dagupan in preparation for the traffic experiment set to start within the month.

Mayor Belen Fernandez proposed the traffic experiment, which aims to find a more effective solution to traffic gridlock in the city's downtown area, especially during the rush hour.

The move was the offshoot of a dialogue conducted by Fernandez with members of the transport group who are seeking solutions to the continued traffic problems along the roads.

"The primary reason for putting up more loading and unloading zones is not only to put order in our streets but also to educate motorists on the proper places to load and unload their passengers and on where the pedestrians can go and wait for their ride," Fernandez said.

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As the traffic experiment is going on, the effectivity of Article III on Parking Areas and Article V on Loading and Unloading Zones of Ordinance 1748-2002 that penalizes traffic violators is also lifted.

Mayor Fernandez noted that the existing loading and unloading areas in the city are for common use by all passenger jeepneys and buses, including those coming from neighboring towns and cities.

"We are actually trying to put up a better traffic system in the city. Last December, when people saw me helping direct traffic in order to unclog the bottleneck, I was actually observing the traffic flow," the mayor said.

As soon as the new loading and unloading zones are in place, there will be a dry run for one week and its effect would be closely monitored.

Fernandez said the city is willing to adjust if any adverse effect will be noted, so long as the nagging traffic problem in the city is finally resolved.

City Engineer Virginia Rosario said three strategic areas in Dagupan have been chosen as loading and unloading zones for jeepneys in the hope that this can help hasten the vehicular flow in the streets.

In the past, the jeepneys were loading and unloading passengers anywhere the driver wanted, thus blocking the smooth flow of traffic.

The 15 newly-approved loading and unloading zones in the city for specific routes are in front of Maradel Building on AB Fernandez Avenue, Matissa Rizal Street, CSI Main, Allied Bank, Jollibee AB Fernandez, CSI, Zamora Street, DR Bowling Lane, University of Luzon, Fernandez Building, Dagupan Chinese Cemetery, M.H. Del Pilar, GSIS Building, and Dy Auto Supply. (PNA)

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