Joining in the UV Express vans on the list of unwelcomed vehicles in EDSA are the provincial buses, according to a new memorandum issued by the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
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The resolution would not only remove the buses, but also the terminals located in one of Metro Manila’s busiest roads. Around 85 provincial bus companies are situated in Metro Manila, which has offices and terminals in Cubao and Balintawak in Quezon City and Taft Avenue in Manila, based on Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s records.
This move is seen as a measure to lessen the traffic in EDSA, with 3,300 provincial buses and 12,000 city buses using the main thoroughfare on a daily basis according to the MMDA. Chairman Emerson Carlos mentioned that the vote to enact the new rule was “unanimous” among members of the council. It is also seen to be in line with Duterte’s directive during his recently-concluded State of the Nation Address to have all bus terminals on EDSA “to eventually be removed and referred to strategic areas outside of the metropolis with the end of decongesting said major thoroughfare.”
As for the time the terminals will be removed, it will be upon the jurisdiction of the cities themselves. “They have approved the removal of the bus terminals in EDSA. It is now up to them (mayors) to prepare for the eventual removal,” said Carlos. The bus terminal owners, nonetheless, have been contacted and are already being asked to prepare for their expected eviction.
The Metro Manila Council is the policy-making body of the MMDA consisting of mayors of the Metro Manila cities.