Wednesday August 15, 2018

Window period for traffic to continue

BAGUIO. Commuters in the Summer Capital may soon experience lesser congestion in the city as the Traffic Enforcement Unit is currently studying several schemes that will ease the flow of vehicles at the central business district. (SSB photo)

BAGUIO City Police Office’ Traffic Enforcement Unit (BCPO-TEU) is still in the process of observing the current window period for the number coding scheme at the central business district.

BCPO-TEU head Chief Inspector Oliver Panabang explained one reason for the traffic being experienced in the city at certain times of the day due to the volume of vehicles.

In June of this year, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan together with the BCPO-TEU came up with the window period for motorists to ply the streets to assess if traffic in the city will be eased.

“We are still implementing the window period because we want to find out how it would affect the present traffic situation at the central business district,” Panabang said.

Domogan stated a scheme to suspend the number coding at certain times of the day is being studied.

Among the earlier recommendation of Domogan was for the BCPO under City Director Ramil Saculles to establish the viability of exempting some public utility vehicles from the number coding scheme to ply their routes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to augment transport service to riding public.

“One cause of traffic is the large number or volume of vehicles entering the CBD at the same time,” Panabang added.

Aside from the volume of vehicles which causes traffic at the CBD, the TEU noted the ongoing repairs of the drainage system, accidents and road construction as contributory to the traffic problem in the city.

The Transportation and Traffic Management Committee earlier received petitions from residents of Sto. Tomas Proper and Irisan barangays lamenting the lack of enough units serving their route during rush hours causing stress and inconvenience to the passengers.

They expect other barangays experiencing similar problems to follow suit like Loakan and Ambiong.