MMDA Admits EDSA Provincial Bus Ban in June Unlikely

Who knows how long this reprieve will last?

(SPOT.ph) Finally, they said it. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has been pushing to implement their provincial bus ban along EDSA before June ends, despite legal and logistical hurdles (not to mention the general backlash). But the agency has officially admitted that this self-imposed June deadline is highly unlikely—thereby delaying the policy's roll-out with no solid timeline in sight—according to a report by Inquirer.net.

“I don’t think [we can do it] with only a week left. So right now, we’re all about [not rushing] it,” said Bong Nebrija, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Traffic Chief. So while they won't be sticking to their original schedule, the MMDA will still be making the provincial bus ban happen...eventually. 

The agency also has about a week left to defend their policy against petitions filed at the Supreme Court questioning the ban's legality, according to the report. Under the bus ban, the MMDA is set to close down bus terminals along EDSA by revoking their permits. Provincial buses will be ending their routes at interim terminals in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for south routes, and in Valenzuela for north routes. 

New routes and fare schemes are currently in the works for the EDSA bus ban. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the MMDA are working to ensure that commuting costs will stay the same once provincial buses are no longer allowed to enter the Metro—doubling trips for those coming from elsewhere. 

Main image by Patrick Roque - Wikimedia.

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