By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
Enforcement of law with driver’s discipline proves to be the key in easing congestion on Marcos Highway where a traffic rerouting scheme for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) was implemented due to an ongoing construction of rail extension project in the area.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was able to clear the traffic bottleneck on the highway where the Emerald Station of the Light Rail Transit is being constructed after barring jeepneys going Antipolo City and Cainta City to stop in front of two malls: Robinsons Metro East and Sta. East Mall.
As construction progresses, the LRT construction took up lanes on the said portion where the Emerald Station is being constructed.
Instead, jeeps were diverted to an access road leading to the two malls’ marking area at the back. They are only allowed to load and unload passengers before at the exit area.
Bong Nebrija, MMDA operations supervisor, said MMDA traffic enforcers’ strict enforcement of the scheme played an important part clearing obstructions: jeepneys queuing the area while waiting for passengers and commuters spilling over the street.
“Fifteen traffic enforcers were deployed at the area. Drivers who violate are slapped with citation ticket for disregarding traffic sign. Driver’s discipline is important in the effectivity of the scheme,” said Nebrija during the agency’s radio program over DZBB.
Netizens also hailed the agency’s scheme that free up space for motorists going to Rizal province, cutting their travel time by 20 to 30 minutes.
The scheme’s implementation was in coordination with the Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro who revealed plans to open roads inside a subdivision as alternative route along Marcos Highway.
Teodoro identified Dasdasaan and Pikador in Midtown Subdivision as one of the access roads where private motorists can traverse.
Barriers and fences were installed to guide drivers and commuting public.
The snail-paced traffic along Marcos Highway was mainly due to the high volume of vehicles plying the route and the current construction of the LRT-2 extension that stretches from Ligaya in Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo City, Rizal.