SEVERAL issues regarding traffic assessment and the traffic flow and movement confront SM City Clark and the Clark Development Corporation.
A meeting was called involving all those in the know about the coming inception of the transport terminal in SM City Clark.
The representatives of the local government units (LGUs) of Mabalacat and Angeles City were obviously called upon as observers in the important meeting. The said LGUs are, after all, very much parts of the ambitious traffic schemes in Angeles and Mabalacat cities.
This terminal will also serve as the central terminal for all public utility vehicles plying Angeles and Mabalacat routes.
Rosan S. Paquia, EnP, the head of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and officer-in-charge of the City Agriculture Office, has been designated to attend the meeting by Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo, but due to several meetings at the Sangguniang Panlungsod, he had to assign staff member Paulo de Leon as observer.
SM City Clark plays an important role in the traffic management of both LGUs of Angeles and Mabalacat cities.
With the inception of the transport terminal at SM City Clark, commuters will be given a convenient place where they could board public utility vehicles to their destinations.
Presently, the Dau-SM and Angeles-Checkpoint-SM public utility vehicles occupy the parking space in front of the mall. Tricycles and Blue taxis occupy the fringes of the parking space.
There is still a traffic problem in Poblacion, Mabalacat City near the bridge bound for Clark.
The build-up occurs in the rush hours of the morning and at 5 p.m. due to the volume of vehicles taking this route.
Many drivers and commuters wich that the entrance in Barangay Dolores towards the now-operational perimeter road be opened to decongest traffic at Poblacion.
The only thing delaying the opening, I learned from CPDO, is the right-of-way, the site being occupied by a chapel. If the issue will be solved, the traffic flow along MacArthur Highway will be tremendously improved.
As it is, Mabalacat City does not have secondary roads which could be used to lessen the traffic build-up. The CPDO, headed by Rosan S. Paquia, EnP, has more plans to ease the traffic flow anywhere in the city.