Sweden to help improve Philippines’ EDSA Busway system

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Commuters wait for their ride at a bus stop during rush hours along main highway EDSA in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines June 21, 2016. The Philippines says the offer of Sweden to help improve the EDSA Busway system aligns with the mission of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) chief. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
Commuters wait for their ride at a bus stop during rush hours along main highway EDSA in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines June 21, 2016. The Philippines says the offer of Sweden to help improve the EDSA Busway system aligns with the mission of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) chief. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

The government of Sweden is set to help improve the Philippines’ EDSA Busway system in anticipation of the surge of commuters as face-to-face classes resume on August 22.

During a recent courtesy call to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista, Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Annika Thunborg offered to help enhance the operational efficiency of the EDSA Busway project which currently offers free rides to EDSA commuters.

According to Bautista, the offer to improve the EDSA busway aligns with his mission to raise the country’s transport system – which is currently problematic to workers and regular commuters – to global standards.

In an interview on Monday (Aug 15), Bautista said that the agency is also studying the feasibility of adding more buses and routes to the project.

“I had a meeting with the consortium that operates EDSA Carousel, and we asked them to have additional buses, especially during the start of face-to-face classes on August 22,” he said.

The government has continued its partnership with Mega Manila Consortium Corp. and ES Transport for the operation of the EDSA Bus Carousel.

Earlier, bus drivers of the said project decried the late release of salary by their employers despite working long hours on the road. Some drivers who protested said that they got sacked from their jobs for doing so.

The EDSA Busway Project is a bus lane service of the DoTr, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The project serves an average of 129,000 commuters daily.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings. The views expressed are her own.

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