Get Ready: MMDA Says Even Worse Traffic Is Heading Our Way

( You might want to get your holiday shopping done extra early this year as EDSA traffic is about to get even worse. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has predicted a 20% increase in the number of vehicles traversing EDSA by September. On top of this, the current traffic situation is already at the dreaded "Christmas rush" level—so we can only imagine just how bad it could get. 

The agency sees a 20% increase of vehicles traversing EDSA next month, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago in a report by the Philippine Star. Currently, the MMDA says that there are around 402,000 vehicles traversing EDSA daily, which is more than twice its carrying capacity of 200,000.

"Isang linggo pa lang ang ulan at ang pasko malayo pa and yet we are already seeing the influx of additional cars on EDSA. Expect that when the 'ber' months arrive, the traffic will be very unusual,” said MMDA Traffic Czar Bong Nebrija in the Philstar report. The traffic czar can't "sugarcoat" the situation and warns of "hellish traffic."

"Nasa July, August pa lang po tayo pero ang nararanasan nating pagbigat ng trapiko, parang Disyembre na," said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, as quoted in a report by GMA News Online. "Bibigat po tayo pagdating ng 'ber' months," she added. 

Different strategies and experiments are being tested to help ease traffic, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that something works out—hopefully soon.

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