MMDA proposes new coding scheme to reduce traffic by 40%

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FILE PHOTO: Cyclists ride along a bike lane alongside vehicular traffic on April 27, 2021 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is aiming to reduce traffic in the capital region by 40% with a new number coding scheme. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Cyclists ride along a bike lane alongside vehicular traffic on April 27, 2021 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is aiming to reduce traffic in the capital region by 40% with a new number coding scheme. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has proposed a new number coding scheme in hopes to reduce the traffic in Metro Manila by 40%.

In a briefing on April 9, MMDA chairman Romando Artes said that private vehicles will be prohibited from traveling the affected major roads from 5 pm to 7 pm, for two days a week, under the suggested coding system.

Plate numbers ending 1 and 2 will be banned on Mondays and Wednesdays; vehicles ending in 3 and 4 on Mondays and Thursdays; 5 and 6 every Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7 and 8 Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9 and 0 every Wednesdays and Fridays.

However, public utility vehicles (PUVs) such as buses, jeepneys, taxis, and ride-hailing services are excluded from the scheme.

According to Artes, the proposed scheme can help minimize traffic in EDSA northbound from 0.62 (moderate flow) to 0.52 (light to moderate flow) and in EDSA southbound from 0.71 (moderate to heavy traffic) to 0.59 (moderate flow).

It will also help manage the number of private vehicles along Quezon Avenue, especially on rush hours, with traffic easing from 0.70 (moderate to heavy traffic) to 0.58 (moderate flow) in its southbound lane and 0.55 (moderate flow) to 0.45 (light to moderate flow) in the northbound lane.

Traffic along Commonwealth Avenue will also be more manageable with 0.60 (moderate flow) easing to 0.52 (light to moderate flow) in the southbound lane and 0.38 (light traffic) to 0.3 (light traffic) in the northbound lane, according to MMDA.

Meanwhile, the MMDA clarified that this is only still a suggestion and the government is still studying the proposed scheme.

The proposal has been forwarded to the Metro Manila Council and a decision is expected after holy week.

In a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday, Artes said that the target date of the implementation, should the plan be approved, is on May 1, but can be moved back to mid-May.

The capital region has been experiencing heavier traffic after restrictions have been lifted in March.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.

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