(SPOT.ph) Nope, we aren't about to gripe about traffic; instead, we are going to present something hopeful. EDSA might soon be more pedestrian-friendly with this project that you might actually be willing to walk along the main thoroughfare, and not in your usual grudging, survival-mode way. The EDSA Greenways Project—which aims to build elevated pathways in key areas of the highway—has been given the official green light by the National Economic Development Authority, according to a Philippine News Agency article.
Five kilometers worth of elevated walkways will be built or improved, according to the project's main proponent, the Asian Development Bank. We all know the transport system of the Metro isn't exactly the most convenient—it isn't unheard of to get lost in a terminal before you've even actually started to travel—so a core goal of the project is to make commuting easier by creating links between the transport systems and the usual destinations.
These "pedestrian facilities" will link bus stops, the Metro's train lines, and other transport hubs to "surrounding areas, buildings, and shopping malls," according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). "If you're in Ortigas, it will allow you to [get] off the MRT-3 to go to Megamall without going on the ground. Everything is elevated so you'll just be walking to the MRT-3 stations onto the malls, to the offices," said Cleo Kawawaki, deputy director general of ADB Southeast Asia in 2019.
"This environment-friendly initiative will not only give access to key rail stations but it will also provide safe, secure, and efficient mobility for pedestrians and bikers," said the Department of Transportation in a statement. While no official timeline has been released, we can't wait to finally hopefully enjoy walking along EDSA.
this strange new world.