MMDA plans transition to "digital traffic light system," may take at least 6 months

GMA News Online reports that "as part of its modernization program, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing a six-month period to fully convert its traffic light system from analog to digital."

GMA News Online reports that "as part of its modernization program, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing a six-month period to fully convert its traffic light system from analog to digital."

The report quoted MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, who said that "this will also keep its system compatible with that of the Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Co. (PLDT), which is shifting to a digital system in 2012." He noted that "if PLDT shifts to a digital system and the MMDA does not, the MMDA may no longer remotely control traffic lights from its Metrobase."

 

The report noted: "Tolentino hinted they may have to prioritize roads in business centers and those leading to airports and air and seaports. On the other hand, he said the MMDA is still looking for a system and equipment that can be good for at least 20 years." Tolentino explained: "Bigyan nyo kami anim na buwan kasi may proseso. Iniisip ko riyan ang system na maikakabit, good for 20 years. Kung may bagong produktong lalabas, madaling mag-adjust (Give us six months to process everything. I think the system that is put in place should work for at least 20 years. If a new product is out, it can easily be adjusted)."

 

Tolentino went on to reveal that Metro Manila currently has some 455 traffic intersections and "a major malfunction of the traffic light system can lead to a gridlock."

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