Push na ‘yan! MMDA’s Orbos says ‘odd-even’ scheme a go in April

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will push for the implementation of a modified “odd-even” scheme next month to address the traffic problem in the metropolis.

MMDA officer-in-charge Tim Orbos said the new scheme is expected to decrease the number of vehicles plying the metropolis.

The new scheme was proposed during a Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting on Tuesday. The MMC is composed of Metro Manila mayors.

Vehicles ending odd numbers (1, 3, 5, and 9) are prohibited from traversing EDSA on these time frames: 7:00 am to 9:00 am, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm during weekdays.

Meanwhile, vehicles ending in even numbers (2,4,6, 8 and 0) are barred from plying EDSA on these time frames: 9:00 am to 11:00 am, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, also on weekdays.

Orbos said the proposed scheme which is also called “Window 2” shall only cover vehicles traversing the stretch of EDSA from Magallanes in Makati City to North Avenue in Quezon City and vice versa from Monday to Friday.

With the two schemes, Orbos said it may reduce by at least 50 percent the vehicle volume during peak hours.

During the meeting, Metro Manila mayors gave Orbos one month to clear mabuhay lanes and address illegal terminals in Pasay and Cubao.
The mayor’s also agreed to establish fire lanes, which would be on the second to the leftmost lane.#