EDSA Provincial Bus Ban Scheduled to Take Effect Before June Ends

The LTFRB will be setting guidelines on the ban on provincial buses.

(SPOT.ph) The full implementation of the EDSA bus ban has been looming over commuters' heads since the first dry run in April, and it seems the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to make their original June deadline a reality. A report by the The Philippine Star says that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is currently working on a new route modification policy that will adhere to the ban on provincial buses along EDSA, set to be implemented before June ends. 

A total of 47 bus terminals along EDSA are set to be closed in compliance with the MMDA's new policy.  Patrick Roque - Wikimedia

In compliance with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) ban, provincial bus routes will be cut short by the new policy planned by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Routes of northbound buses will end at the interim bus terminal in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, while southbound buses will have to drop off their passengers at a terminal in Valenzuela City. This policy will echo the plan already laid down by the MMDA.

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While this LTFRB policy will take care of stopping provincial buses from entering the Metro, the MMDA is looking towards local government units to enforce the closure of bus terminals along EDSA, per Regulation 19-002. According to the same report, this will take more time as the newly elected mayors are set to be sworn in on June 30.

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