The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has issued an open letter addressed to Senator Nancy Binay, who recently called the proposed EDSA Busway a "virtual experiment."
The idea is to transfer the dedicated bus lanes from the outermost to the innermost lanes. Binay criticized the concept, saying, "Huwag po natin ipilit ang mga hilaw at minadaling plano sa EDSA which placed public safety as a secondary concern. Di po EDSA ang classroom sa online learning."
The government agency posted on Facebook, "While the good senator may have the best intention in calling us out in the media on the subject, we are honestly disappointed and frustrated that this initiative to serve the riding public with a better mass transport system is being derided by no less than our fellow goverment officer, without even giving us the opportunity to explain nor present the plan."
The DOTr went on to clarify that the EDSA Busway was actually inspired by the Bus Rapid Transit system and Bus Median Lane usage, which other countries have already been implementing. And contrary to Binay's statements, the plan prioritizes commuter safety and accessibility for PWD and senior citizens.
The department also cited several reasons why the EDSA Busway is the "right way": seamless movement, faster speed and travel time, as well as a more predictable route schedule, among other points. It then assured the public that everything was developed upon consultation with transport experts and commuter groups. According to the DOTr, the modern road transport system must "reflect the needs of the present, and (be) geared towards being able to anticipate the future."
"Rather than berate or mock our efforts via media sensationalism just to gain mileage and exposure, we call on Senator Binay instead to join us in our genuine quest for better mobility and connectivity for our people."
Read the full statement below: